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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Roundabout Coming to McGuire & Prairie Intersection

North Idaho is getting another roundabout. The Post Falls Highway District was recently notified that it will receive $459,000 in federal stimulus funding to construct a roundabout at the intersection of McGuire Road and Prairie Avenue.

That's one of the most dangerous intersections in the Post Falls Highway District and officials are hoping the roundabout will cut down on accidents. Some residents in the area feel it's unnecessary though.

Here's more from the Coeur d'Alene Press.


Holly said...

OK, so anyone not accustomed to roundabouts: I want to encourage you to give them a chance. Once you are used to them, they're like a yield sign, but you only have one direction to look for oncoming traffic. Some of the two lane ones seem nerve racking at first, but they really keep things moving. I moved from Eastern WA to a town with about 10 of these in pretty high traffic areas and have never had to wait anywhere near the time I had to when lights were used. Traffic flows so nicely and there are studies showing dramatically fewer accidents compared with traffic lights. Also, if you miss your turn, just stay in the circle, you have a 2nd chance! :)

KMPO Staff said...

I think it's funny that a lot of people think roundabouts are the devil's work; until they get used to them. I remember when I worked for the City of Spokane and we were installing the Wellesley and A roundabout. There were a lot of people unhappy about that, but a few years later you don't hear a peep about it.

britney said...

Oh god you recieved a huge amount as fund!!
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