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Letter: Round-about will require greater thought process

To the Editor:

I saw the article in the Oswego Ledger about the plan to build a roundabout at the intersection of Harvey and Wolf’s Crossing and was instantly amused. I suppose the idea is to improve traffic flow, but my experience at that intersection does not make me think there is a major flow problem, except when school buses are leaving the high school and attempting left turns at that intersection. I think it would be better to widen the intersection to include left-turn lanes.

Basically, my amusement comes from the fact that I lived in Australia for a while and have had experience with roundabouts; American drivers, typically, do not. Here, a roundabout would require all traffic to proceed in a counter-clockwise direction. So, even if you were intending to go onto the road to the left as you approach the intersection, you would make a right turn onto the roundabout and proceed a full 270 degrees before exiting to your right; all turns into and off of the roundabout are to the right. Add to this the requirement to cautiously yield to all traffic in the roundabout as you attempt to enter it. It will require a greater thought process than a four-way stop.

There is an intersection well north of here on Route 47 that was changed from the usual four-way stop to a roundabout. As I approached it one day, the car in front of me accomplished their left turn by making a left turn. This is just what I will expect at Harvey Road with the usual head-on and failure-to-yield collisions. Money would be better spent widening that intersection and constructing speed bumps at the west end of Wolf’s Crossing.

Charles Christensen

Oswego

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