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Raleigh Councilmembers Get Roundabout Vision

Posted January 7, 2007

— Traffic planners outlined in spray paint and chalk on Sunday an idea to rejuvenate the main drag through North Carolina State University's campus.

Raleigh City Council members gathered on Hillsborough Street to see how proposed roundabouts would look on a two-mile stretch from Gorman to Pullen roads.

City planners marked off the area to show what would be affected.

The city wants to slow traffic, improve parking and revitalize the street. One plan calls for part of the road to go from four lanes to two lanes with eight roundabouts that would help slow traffic. It would also include 80 additional parking spaces.

That proposal has garnered support from leaders of nearby communities, many business owners, and some City Council members.

Not all council members agree, however.

Critics of the plan have argued that two lanes would bring traffic to a standstill as students cross the street and buses stop.

"My fear is we only do one roundabout and the city and street are forever impacted if we don't do the three to five to nine – or the ultimate plan was to do 11," said council member Philip Isley.

The City Council will discuss the roundabout plan on Tuesday, but it might not make any final decision.

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  • ifcdirector Jan 8, 2007

    This is a recipe for more pedestrian fatalaties, wrecked cars, and wasted tax dollars. The latter being one thing that democrats and liberals have honed to razor sharp perfection.

  • Munchie Jan 8, 2007

    I dont mind roundabouts IF some drivers will learn that the person in the roundabout has the right-of-way NOT the person coming in.

  • Forgetaboutit Jan 8, 2007

    wasting more taxpayer money, stop it!

  • builder276 Jan 8, 2007

    The idea of trying to fix traffic with a roundabout is about as funny as these councilmen picking upo their pay checks. How is that nightmare of a traffic hazzard going to fix any problems. Sounds like a great way to F#$# it up

  • AuntySocial Jan 8, 2007

    If anyone wants to see how stupid roundabouts are, go to Wake Forest where 98 and 1A meet at the Seminary and see for yourself. I will go out of my way to avoid it. As much traveled as those roads are, putting a roundabout there was not a well thought out plan. Whoever thought of this is pushing MORON.

  • FloydRTurbo Jan 8, 2007

    It takes bold visionaries to propose and implement such "different ideas" as this ... or "loonies".

    Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference.