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Letter: Roundabouts go against will of residents

Published: August 3, 2016 12:00 AM

Says roundabouts go against will of residents

First, a majority of Twinsburg City Council members flouted the will

of most city residents by building roundabout No. 1 at Darrow Road and Glenwood Drive.

Now, Mayor Ted Yates and Council allies, supported by dubious claims of safety and efficiency by the city engineer, want to plant roundabout No. 2 at Darrow Road and Meadowood Boulevard and Ethan's Drive, again showing contempt for their constituents.

Engineering compromises are still possible. First, traffic lights could be installed at the roundabouts -- as they are in other parts of Northeast Ohio -- to operate during rush hours. The lights would primarily enable eastbound and westbound vehicle traffic, pedestrians and cyclists on Glenwood Drive to enter the traffic circle safely at these peak times.

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The ability to enter the traffic flow in emergency situations could be critical. Unfortunately, Council has rejected this idea for reasons that seem to value savings over safety.

Second, the mayor and Council could table Mistake No. 2 until the public has been able to review and comment on the success of Mistake No. 1. I applaud the Council majority who, at least for the time being, are withholding their support for Mistake No. 2.

Many of us who oppose these roundabouts understand their advantages when they are placed at appropriate locations. So far, however, roundabout proponents have completely discounted residents' concerns about their appropriateness at these two intersections.

Steve Shucard, Twinsburg

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ScottRAB Aug 3, 2016 2:03 PM

Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world (much more so than comparable signals). Visit http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/roundabouts/topicoverview for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA, http://tinyurl.com/7qvsaem

The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts on Youtube, or check out the IIHS video (iihs dot org).