The tears of a town

Letter to the Editor

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 3:02am
  • Opinion

A roundabout shaped like a water drop (Record editorial, Sept. 21)? Better change that name to tear drop for the tears of frustration shed by the people who live in that area and have to use that piece of roadway both during and after construction. Or the tears of rage when some driver, unfamiliar with water-drop etiquette or perhaps trying to avoid running over a pedestrian sprinting across this monstrosity, fails to yield and damages your vehicle. Looks like a good location for a body and fender repair shop.

I wonder if Mr. Ron Garrow and the WSDOT engineers have considered simply adding two more lanes to this off ramp? Left lane – left turn only; center lane – left turn or straight ahead to the on ramp; right lane – right turn only. The three-way stop could be retained or a traffic light put in if necessary.

The impact to traffic would be far less than rebuilding the entire intersection. Do you think that the people living in Forster Woods are going to appreciate that short detour up through Wilderness Rim and down the Cedar Falls Road during construction?

The cost should be far less after you factor in the price of a pedestrian overpass over this water drop. Please leave the roundabouts and water drops over in Europe and stick with something we are all familiar with: stop signs.

John Boyce

North Bend

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