Letter for Monday, February 19, 2018

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

  1. Steve ontosimething February 19, 2018 8:17 am Reply

    This is all true. I guess even Trump supporters know about traffi

  2. David fernandes February 19, 2018 11:34 am Reply

    Roundabouts requires much larger area then your normal intersection. A two or more lane Roundabout can be a nightmare especially if you get stuck in the inner lanes. However, they are great for single lane applications. And what has trump have anything do about our traffic. Local politicians are to blame.

  3. Trump lover February 19, 2018 9:43 pm Reply

    This Steve Martin character is an ardent trump supporter. I would be too if I were a rich retired comedian!!!

  4. Steve Martin February 20, 2018 12:34 pm Reply

    One thing I forgot to mention…. When people are driving through they should signal what they intend to do. It allows the driver waiting to know if it’s ok to enter and will also help to keep things flowing. Trump has nothing to do with it. It’s just some people can’t step out of the box period. I’m extremely optimistic and creative if you haven’t already noticed. We can solve more headaches that way and believe it or not it’s just as easy as being a pessimist. Always look at the fact… the glass is half full not half empty!

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