From the 12.19.12. edition
The Public Works Department of the County of Humboldt is proposing to install a stop light at the intersection of Murray Road and Central Avenue in McKinleyville. Not only can the installation b costly, but continuing maintenance will be required.
Sometime ago I contacted the Public Works Department with the idea of installing a roundabout at this location. I didn’t receive a credible answer as to why it would not work. With a roundabout, the only real cost is the initial installation. Very little if any maintenance is required. There appears to be sufficient right-of-way for its installation.
The county installed a roundabout at the intersection of Indianola and Old Arcata Road at it seems to be functioning. The City of Arcata has installed a roundabout at each end of Guintoli Lane overcrossing. Guintoli Lane has one of the highest traffic volumes in the city. As of date, there hasn’t to my knowledge, been any problems with traffic or pedestrian circulation.
I’m aware of the pros and cons regarding roundabouts, but I believe they should be considered and discussed.
Scott R. Baker