This is in reply to the two letters sent in on April 3rd & April 8th. I agree with Mr. Thorson from April 3rd. We do not need ANY roundabouts...Period. What 260 needs to be is identical to 89A between Cottonwood & Sedona. It's a major road that connects two or more towns/cities. The road needs to be free flowing with traffic. Not having concrete roundabouts in the middle to slow traffic down (how does a huge piece of concrete in the middle of the road improve traffic flow)?
If 80% of the on-line poll states they do not like roundabouts....what does that say?
ADOT is looking at saving money...I get that. Stop signs are relatively cheep and do not require maintenance, Think about how much the total project cost would drop if stop signs were put in at the appropriate places and not huge roundabouts. What we need at each major intersection is a well "Defined" intersection/crosswalk. Just like 260 and Cherry Road.
We are not used to driving in roundabouts, so why start installing them? Most people stop, pull over in the other lane or just don't look at all. Look at all the traffic problems in Clarkdale along 89A, there is a solid concrete median all the way with no turn lane's. You need to pass the place where you need to go, drive farther then come back. Clarkdale is trying to get businesses to come in. One of the first things businesses look at is location, then location breakdown, ease of getting into the location and surroundings. I don't think a new business will want to open and tell their new customers...You have to pass our place, go down to the next roundabout and come back.
How do we handle emergency vehicles when there is an accident in a roundabout and traffic is backed up for a period? I guess they will park and walk to the scene.
Has anyone ever be down in the valley on 17 and Happy Valley Road? ADOT has two roundabouts on each side of the freeway. During rush hour at night all you see is headlights...stopped, bottlenecked trying to make their way around those two roundabouts.
Similar instance in Sedona. If done right, 260 could be a nice major roadway between Cottonwood & Camp Verde, there might even be some new business pick up on each side. But seven roundabouts WILL only make 260 a daily driving nightmare. We already had out of town company come and visit, we've taken them to Jerome. One of the first things that was said was "Whats up with all these roundabout"? Who's idea was this? And not in a good way either!
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