Proposed roundabout good solution

Traffic currently entering or exiting Highway 5 at this junction behaves the same as in a roundabout

Editor, The Times:

I was away during the information sessions on the proposed roundabout at the ‘Hub’ intersection by the Info Center.

Seeing some of the readers comments in a past issue, I shared some of their concerns.

A recent trip to town running errands with many trips through the Hub intersection from all directions made me realize the proposed roundabout is a good solution.

Traffic currently entering or exiting Highway 5 at this junction behaves the same as in a roundabout – merging to the right and yielding to the left. Creating a roundabout would simply make all traffic directions equal, keep traffic moving, and eliminate the left hand turn – which to me is the most hazardous traffic flow pattern.

At one of my stops to cross Highway 5, a large tractor-trailer unit was making a left hand turn onto the Park Drive. It was a tight squeeze and I had to remain back from the stop line to avoid being run over. I trust the traffic engineers will ensure adequate space for transport vehicles.

There is plenty of available towards the south (actually west) side of the junction for construction – and access may be improved to Jim’s Market.

I see the proposed roundabout as a great solution for the Hub junction, and would like to see one installed at the Wells Gray Inn junction as well.

Aaron Cooperman

Clearwater, B.C.