A reminder: the modern roundabout will be coming to your town
Last week I was chatting with a friend about streets in Traverse City and the three-legged, multi-lane intersection of where M-22, M-72 and Bay St. came up (GMap). Irrespective of the mode, it’s a clusterbunch of an intersection. The points of conflict far surpass any normal intersection and at busy times, this is one of the few places with any real congestion in the City. A modern roundabout has been proposed there to address safety and efficiency, but is certainly not on MDOT’s or the City’s work-list.
Over the weekend, there was also another crash at the infamous 11th and Division St. intersection. How many happen there a year? It’s a reminder that community concerns for this corridor are more than just for people on foot; there are real safety concerns for people in cars as well. A modern roundabout has also been proposed for this intersection and still yet may be embraced.
Roundabouts may not be everyone’s favorite, but this community will eventually see their application applied to tricky intersections trying to serve many needs. We’ve tried here on MyWHaT to be a source for information regarding the modern roundabouts and our roundabout resource page continues to be one of the most visited on the site. I’m not saying they need to go in everywhere, but they are a simple, proven tool in need of consideration. The safety results are too overwhelming to ignore.
When we do finally embrace the modern roundabout as an option, perhaps we mimic Oakland County and utilize a local radio host to introduce the tool. Any nominations?
Paul W. Smith of WJR explains roundabouts by TIAMichigan