To the editor:
Talk about opportunity staring us in the face:
The county is tearing down a house it owns on the southeast corner of the intersection of Smith Valley Road and Berry/Peterman roads.
Berry/Peterman do not come together in a straight line but join using a “jog,” which leaves a large empty space on the north side of the road opposite the house being torn down.
Looks like a no-brainer place for a roundabout.
Traffic frequently waits, north/south, for the light to exhaust itself (with no cross traffic using the right of way). The light does a poor job in terms of moving traffic efficiently.
As research has shown, a roundabout is safer (fewer accidents — accidents are at low speeds, so there are fewer injuries/deaths) and, over the long haul, cheaper for the county (no monthly electric charges, no electric equipment maintenance) and cheaper for the drivers (no more sitting, idling, wasting gas, often while the light sits red, but with no cross traffic using the right of way).
Looks like a no-brainer.
So, what are the plans? Is this being considered? Oh Powers-That-Be, are you considering long-term costs? This really is a perfect corner for a roundabout and perfect for those hundreds of people who use this intersection every day.