Letter: Reader questions new traffic obsessions

What is the sudden obsession with roundabouts and bike lanes? Seems like ever since we passed the local sales tax to improve our roadways the number one improvement are roundabouts and bike lanes. Rather than spend our money wisely improving roadways they are adding additional frills.

I received a letter telling me in 2018 they will be replacing the street in front of my residence. Currently, it is a busy four lane roadway and, with the new construction, they are going to make it cluster even more by eliminating a lane. We will have one lane of traffic in each direction with a turning lane in the middle and two bike lanes. Go figure.

We also are being told that a busy intersection controlled by traffic lights will be replaced with a roundabout. Was there any thought put into this? There is a school right there. We have been told roundabouts help slow the traffic down. What they aren’t taking into consideration is the excessive amount of traffic around the school when in session. I would say that 90 percent of children attending school are transported there in some sort of vehicle. I can imagine the roundabout being completely clogged while parents are waiting to either drop off or pick up their child.

A block from all of this is a fire station. I can just see a firetruck waiting in line, praying for some sort of movement. This will be a disaster waiting to happen.

Mary A. Craig

Cedar Rapids

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