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Confusing intersection may be improved

September 26, 2013

People’s concerns were put to paper and a real solution may be in the works for a problematic intersection at Fourth, Beeber and Oliver streets, said Kim Wheeler, county lead planner, community......

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Sep-26-13 7:18 AM

I agree that this intersection is not the top priority. I drive through it a lot, both south on Oliver and entering it from the west on Fourth. It is less straightforward than many, yes. But higher priorities should be for the most challenging intersections in the city, with number one probably Market and Washington. The original Confusion Corner at Brandon Park works ok, but could likely benefit from a traffic circle.

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Sep-26-13 8:20 AM

Why would they fix this intersection before confusion corner. Confusion corner needs a roundabout!!

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Sep-26-13 8:35 AM

I can not add any comment to what has been stated in the last three... I AGREE.... use the funds where it would better serve the community before taking on any NEW projects.

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Sep-26-13 9:36 AM

The suggestion of a traffic circle at confusion corner (Market & Wash./we've got some others in Wmspt) is just excellent. A much more immediate problem than the one mentioned in the article.

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Sep-26-13 11:32 AM

Before any roundabout is to be installed anywhere in this region there is a need of education on how to use a roundabout. In this area they more a hassle than a relieve for the traffic. The mall is the best example. Holiday time - horror time. Roundabouts make traffic smooth if everybody knows how to use them.

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Sep-26-13 12:04 PM

For heavens' sake @homenotalone, the only way to figure out how to drive in a circle is to drive in one - certainly enough folks in this town think in circles, driving in one ought to be a breeze. In England they have roundabouts that are three lanes or more...imagine going around in one of those circles!

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Sep-26-13 12:38 PM

oldbilltown: "number one probably Market and Washington" I agree. I see more accidents at this intersection than at Confusion Corners. It's a sight distance nightmare, especially when heading north. Many accidents there also involve the left onto Washington colliding with a north bound car due to lack of turn signal use.

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Sep-26-13 2:15 PM

@Shirly, I know and I had used them as well as in other countries & cities. The only secret to the smooth functioning is when to use the blinker. And I can tell you nobody in and around town seems to know it. Hence, drivers are insecure and traffic backs up rather than flowing.

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Sep-26-13 4:09 PM

home, you are correct. Nobody signals on roundabouts. For those who want to know, right signal entering means you are taking the first exit. No signal means you are taking the exit across from the entrance. A left signal means you are taking the exit on the left of entering. Now, if there are more exits it becomes more complex, but that is the general idea. I was just in Ireland last year and drove for a week, no issues.

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