George Thomas: Traffic gets worse
October 7, 2007
Steamboat Springs — I’ve been living in Steamboat for the past seven years, and even in that short time, I have seen traffic congestion increase significantly, and I’m sure it will only get worse. In my opinion, one measure the city could take to help ameliorate traffic flow is to consider building roundabouts at selected intersections instead of using traffic lights.
Widespread, long-term European use of roundabouts has shown that they are generally safer and provide smoother traffic flow than intersections with stop lights or stop signs. The nearby communities of Vail and Avon have installed roundabouts with great success. There is a great deal of information on their employment in the United States and worldwide (www.drivers.com/article/334/), so why has there been so little discussion of this kind of alternative when flogging the traffic congestion issue?