$2,400,000 ROUNDABOUT PASSES 5-1. I voted against a wasteful $2.4 million roundabout at Turquoise & Switzer Canyon. Unfortunately it passed 5-1. Read more below…
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$2,400,000 ROUNDABOUT PASSES 5-1
Why’d I vote no? Way to expensive. I recognize the need for better traffic control at this location and that’s why I recommended starting with a 3 way stop sign. Currently no stop sign or stop light exists. For safety concerns I recommend adding rumble strips and signage to alert cars to slow down for the upcoming stop sign. My option would of cost maybe $50,000 versus $2.4 million. My next choice would be a stop light, maybe $500,000. Even this option save a lot of money.
Another reason I voted against this, property must be acquired and one of the property owners did not seem interested in selling. I will not support taking of property through eminent domain when alternatives exist.
Finally, the push that we must do a roundabout for safety concerns was overblown. If traffic lights are so dangerous, are we going to start replacing all the tragic lights? Bottom line, alternatives existed over this $2.4 million Taj Mahal of roundabouts.
ROUNDABOUT INTERVIEW ON NAZ TODAY
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