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posted by Barry at
Traffic circles have their place in certain low-speed residential areas. Given the cost and the state of Durham's streets, I'm not sure why a stop sign won't do.But the one on NC751 & Erwin Road is the dumbest waste of money possible. Traffic on 751 transitions from a 35 zone to a 55 zone zone just beyond Erwin Road, but has to practically come to a freakin' stop to go around a circle in the woods. No pedestrians - no houses - just trees and cars. What exactly was the point of building it?
By Anonymous, at 10:59 PM
This particular intersection has a traffic circle because, after 25 years of motorists speeding through this block, the residents requested something physical to slow down traffic.The circle, although not perfect, has helped reduce speeds on Markham Ave. significantly.As to Erwin Rd.? It is certainly easier to make a left turn to continue south on Erwin than it used to be, and traffic circles in general reduce the number of accidents over red lights at a given intersection. I haven't seen data indicating whether that's the case here or not.
By Barry Ragin, at 7:57 AM
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