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More input sought in Raleigh roundabout debate

Posted November 7, 2007
Updated May 5, 2008

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— Raleigh city leaders said they need more time to decide whether to add another roundabout to Hillsborough Street.

At Wednesday's meeting, the Raleigh City Council decided it wants to have another public hearing to discuss a roundabout that would be located at the intersection of Morgan and Hillsborough. The change is needed to convert Morgan Street into a two-way street.

The City Council has already approved two roundabouts in the area – one at the intersection of Pullen Road Hillsborough Street and another at the intersection of Oberlin Road and Groveland Avenue.

Council members voted in October to move forward with more parking, raised medians and buried power lines to improve the look of Hillsborough Street. Officials said the changes are part of an effort to make the street more user-friendly.

The Raleigh City Council said they will revisit the issue in January. If approved, the roundabout at Morgan Street would cost about $500,000.

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  • gpd Nov 8, 2007

    There's nothing wrong with roundabouts. Europe has been doing them for centuries. As long as you respect another's space and drive like you've got some sense, they work amazingly wonderful. They don't slow you down and they're not complicated.

  • haggis basher Nov 7, 2007

    "parallel park and do a three point turn...and you're off."
    At least now its on a real road...when I first sat a US driving exam in Florida back in the 80s you never even went out of the parking lot! Folks will learn and those that can't shouldn't be driving. If I could handle driving on the wrong side of the road and almost no streetlights I'm sure you guys can handle roundabouts.

  • ncmech Nov 7, 2007

    I think it's a good idea...IF ITS DESIGNED PROPERLY. They added one in the middle of Wake Forest. WAY too small for the existing intersection- turning radius is too tight for large truck, buses, or even pickup trucks pulling large trailers [like my rv]. You're forced to drive up over the curbing. Then it's so small that it's chaos in the roundabout- once a vehicle is in it, the other drivers are too hesitant to enter as there's really not room for more than 2 vehicles in it at a time [and they arent used to the procedure as well]. Invariably you end up with 3 vehicles stopped, hesitating to enter, and traffic comes to a halt anyway.

  • pleshy Nov 7, 2007

    They will work except those time when women want to turn left across Hillsborough and go the wrong way on the roundabout. I have seen it happen several times in the one on campus, and everytime it was a woman turning left.

  • Gus Nov 7, 2007

    Just a fancier place for the homeless to hang out and beg for money.

  • Jeremiah Nov 7, 2007

    yep, good idea. most of you naysayers don't know what you're talking about.

  • smegma Nov 7, 2007

    HaHaHa Chuckle Chuckle that's the funniest pun ever! "in a ROUNDABOUT way..." HAAAAAAAHAAAAAAA. i think i'm dumber now

  • DELL3915 Nov 7, 2007

    I think the money would be better spent increasing the depth of Falls Lake so they can have water!!!!

  • charlesboyer Nov 7, 2007

    Haggis basher -- the only problem I see with roundabouts here in the States is that countries with a large number of them tend to also have far more stringent standards for issuing driver's licenses. In the UK and other countries, that means the K53 method, which requires total driver awareness of their surroundings, etc. No wonder their accident per passenger mile is far lower. Here, all you have to do is memorize a simple test and drive around the block, parallel park and do a three point turn...and you're off.

  • mommy2caroline Nov 7, 2007

    Ooh pretty! And pedestrians will cross how???? Reminds me of the game Frogger. Yes, I just dated myself.

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