I agree with Wendy Maurer (Town owes rationale for highway roundabout, Letters, March 20).
I, too, seriously question the need for a highway roundabout at the bottom of Memorial Avenue at Highway 19A. It is a simple T-intersection where a set of traffic lights would work very well, and would integrate with the existing pedestrian crosswalk. It would also not require any extension out into the water and disruption of the aquatic flora and fauna, and the waterfront walkway. I echo what Wendy said — we still don’t know what problems the town is trying to fix with this “solution.”
Where we sorely need a roundabout is at the intersection of Highway 19A with Village Way and Country Club Drive. The intersection is heavily used, is confusing to some motorists, and is the scene of frequent vehicle collisions. There is plenty of space to install a roundabout, which would improve traffic flow and reduce collisions.
As a professional engineer, I spent my entire career analyzing problems, and looking for the best way and most logical way to solve them. At Memorial and Highway 19A, there is not a problem – at Village Way and Highway 19A, there is a big problem. The logical solution is to put the roundabout where it’s really needed, and where it will do the most good.
John Wood, P.Eng.