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Raleigh City Council Expected to Discuss Roundabout Plan Today

Posted January 23, 2007

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— Hillsborough Street is back on the agenda Tuesday for Raleigh city council members. They are expected to discuss a plan to bring roundabouts to the area.

The city of Raleigh is considering the roundabouts on Hillsborough Street to slow traffic and make the area safer for pedestrians and better for businesses. However, not all city councilmembers are in that loop.

City councilwoman Joyce Kekas, who is leading the opposition against the roundabouts, said more needs to be done to address parking and economic development issues on the street. She points to Glenwood South and Fayetteville Street as other main drags showing signs of success without roundabouts.

"The roundabouts we are talking about solve traffic problems, not revitalization problems," she said.

Most business owners and residents in the area support the traffic circles. Property owners are convinced an improved Hillsborough Street with roundabouts will draw people to the neighborhood.

"It's going to be a win-win situation. I don't understand the argument for not doing it," said Donna Bailey, of the University Park Homeowners Association.

The student body president at N.C. State is also pushing for the roundabouts. He was busy gathering support last week to present to the city council on Tuesday.
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  • rand321 Jan 23, 2007

    the traffic circles will make me frequent the merchants in the area, even less than I do now. I think it will also create more traffic along Clark, Wade and Oberlin whihc might make some of the houses and property less attractive as residential dwellings.

  • reconjones Jan 23, 2007

    Roundabouts are a classic dumb idea. We have a similar situation here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Raleigh has NC State and Hillsborough Street and Albuquerque has the University of New Mexico and Central Avenue. However, we already have one roundabout built into Central Ave. and it is a nightmare. Someone should tell Raleigh's city council to check and see what Albuquerque's mess looks like before they perpetuate this "roundabout" mess. Remember when "pedestrian malls" were the bright planning idea back in the seventies? Many of the cities that blocked off main streets have, since, reopened them and business has returned. See Hendersonville, NC and Norfolk, VA as an example ... and PLEASE see Albuquerque, New Mexico for the full view of a "roundabout" at work! I'm "GA Dees and I graduated from NC State in '72, as did my dad before me in '39 ... I live in Albuquerque now ... that place where Bugs Bunny keeps forgetting to turn left.

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 23, 2007

    If you want to see how well a roundabout works in traffic that is only moderate in nature, look at the "traffic circle" on US15/501 and NC22 in Pinehurst. When I am down there, I will drive halfway around Moore county to avoid having to deal with it!!

  • JennyT Jan 23, 2007

    Don't we have better things to spend money on?

  • josephnc1975 Jan 23, 2007

    I don't get Raleigh's fascination with traffic circles. Almost every shopping center's parking lot has one and I don't see that it is necessarily solving any kind of traffic problem. I think more than anything they are cumbersome. But that's my personal opinion. I do think that they look nice though, so if they are going for aesthetics it's a good idea. But I think that Hillsborough is too heavily traveled to have 8 or 9 of them on the street.

  • calliphall Jan 23, 2007

    what happens when there is an accident on a round-about? Will you be able to still do a detour on a side street with the round-abouts in place, if that were to happen? With slowed traffic and the same or increasing hopefully number of students crossing over to Hillsborough I guess more traffic will be shifted to Wade and Western.. anything being done for this increase on these roads?

  • PhlamingoPhairy Jan 23, 2007

    Nobody has yet explained how creating a zone where traffic never has to stop will make crossing Hillsborough Street safer for pedestrians.

  • kcfoxie Jan 23, 2007

    I thought the proposed plan included more parking with the roundabout move. I like them personally, took some getting used to, but it gives this location a very nice European feel.

  • BlarneyStone Jan 23, 2007

    I was a student at NCSU back in the early 1990's and now work for the University- the traffic circle on Pullen Road has alleviated the early morning and evening jam-ups tremendously. They would be good for Hillsborough St and for giving this area it's own identity in Raleigh.

  • Forgetaboutit Jan 23, 2007

    exactly, thru

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