Roundabouts are cost-effective way to improve traffic flow
I remember the days being a short drive to Tijuana, Mexico. Even back 50 years or more the traffic was horrible, but there was one thing good about driving in the middle of it. It was always moving. Rarely like the “Kapaa Crawl” was it gridlocked bumper to bumper.
The reason: very few if any signals, but there were lots of roundabouts. Even big ones that had two lanes of traffic. They worked very well to keep traffic flowing.
Yes, we have a few, and just maybe someday people will learn how to properly use them. The purpose of them is to make traffic flow better. There are no stop signs at the roundabouts, only yield signs at every entrance, which should allow the respect and courtesy to allow people to enter and exit and not to stop and watch inconsiderate people ride on each others’ bumpers so they don’t have to wait.
It’s the reason the traffic backs up from the bypass. If we were to get rid of more signals and build roundabouts instead, it’s a fact that they will make our traffic flow better. They are a far better efficient and cost-effective way to make our traffic flow better in all directions. This is another way to better manage our traffic and not have to spend hundreds of millions spreading concrete roads over this precious island.
Steve Martin, Wailua Homesteads