Letter: More roundabouts add up to more problems for Verde Valley drivers


This comes as a follow-up to Mr. Coley’s “letter to the editor” dated Sept 6th, 2017.

I would agree with Mr. Coley, it does seem like ADOT is in the market for selling roundabouts. They couldn’t come in and just improve Hwy 260 with the same divided four lanes like 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona.

They have added a huge amount of money to the project by adding all these unnecessary roundabouts, not to speak about taking out a stop light that is fully functional.

Think about all the different roads that ADOT could have fixed with the extra amount of money that was spent on each roundabout.

They say that roundabouts are supposed to improve traffic flow, how does a huge piece of concrete sitting in the middle of the roadway improve traffic flow? Nobody here knows how to use them so everyone stops, now you have major congestion X7. Congratulations ADOT, you have just added more travel time, possible road rage along with accidents on Hwy 260 when its all said and done.

But that’s OK, we know you live down in Phoenix and won’t have to deal with all the upcoming traffic issues.

All it takes is for one accident in one of the roundabouts and Hwy 260 will come to a stand still. How are you supposed to pull over to the side in a roundabout? At least in a regular intersection traffic can slowly move on. What about Fire and Sheriff emergency’s, how are they supposed to get though if traffic stops … X7? ADOT just added time and frustration to their calls as well.

I was talking with someone who lived over in the UK for 7 years and he told me that … yes they have roundabouts there but you never hear of all the daily accidents in them, some fender benders and some serious. What about the potential new businesses that might want to open up shop, we’ve all heard “Location..Location..Location” before.

No business will want to open between roundabouts and then tell there customers in order to get here you need to pass us then go a 1/4 mile turnaround and come back, then when you leave you need to do the same thing. Clarkdale is good example…no left turn lanes.

All the people who live in Jerome, Clarkdale, Camp Verde and Cottonwood ever wanted was to have Hwy 260 improved so they could get from the Verde Valley to I-17 or via versa faster.

Now we will have 12 problems to deal with in the Verde Valley on a daily basis.

John Zemke



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ScottRAB 1 year, 5 months ago

People using the road make mistakes, always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury. Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world - the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes - (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts change the speed and geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system - intersections. The reduction in speed and sideswipe geometry mean that, more often than not, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you usually need a tow truck, not an ambulance. Roundabouts are one of nine proven road safety features (FHWA).
The life saved may be your own.

Most crashes in modern roundabouts are fender benders, so they just pull to the outside of the intersection, like most other crashes. If not, there is the truck apron to drive around. To imply that all crashes at signal intersections can be driven around is false.


ScottRAB 1 year, 5 months ago

One crash will cause a standstill? Modern roundabouts operate at about 20 mph. Almost all crashes will be fender benders, so those involved can easily move out of the intersection, just like fender benders at signal controlled intersections.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 5 months ago

Just because a bunch of drunk in-bred Brits can't make it through a roundabout without an accident taking place doesn't mean we can't. One difference between 89A and 260 is that businesses dot 260 while 89A is mostly surrounded by National Forest. I travel the roundabouts in Cottonwood and Sedona regularly and see none of the problems being mentioned taking place. People slow down, sometimes they yield when they don't need to, but at least you don't have to wait for some stupid RED light. I feel you, but roundabouts are WAY better than any other traffic regulation device.