Having lived on a street with roundabouts here in Everett, I used to have the same viewpoint as Lynn McCoy of Marysville, who expressed her frustration in a recent letter to the editor (“At least let people vote on roundabouts,” The Herald, Sept. 12). It’s true. The designers do need to plan for signs making it clear to drivers on how to approach and get through each roundabout.
This past summer, city workers removed the roundabout close to us to replace the outdated, underground water pipes. They replaced the pipes but have not installed a new roundabout.
Now that our street has one less roundabout, we have discovered a whole new issue: As Ms. McCoy expressed, there are people who drive “miles out of their way” to avoid the roundabouts. In fact, some Everett drivers do the same thing. They come to our street and whiz through with nothing to slow them down.
Where we live, there is a downward slope to the street. The drivers at the top of the slope can see three to four blocks ahead. It looks like a great race-way, and they fly down the street with no apparent intention of stopping for anything or anyone. It’s not only a safety issue; but the noise of the vehicles going by has increased considerably.
It is my hope that the city will have the roundabout re-installed on our street.