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Roundabout? Surely you jest

By From page A5 | February 19, 2014

EDITOR:

Thanks to the Mountain Democrat article of Feb. 12 for alerting us about the El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s utterly stupid idea of a roundabout in El Dorado (as they wouldn’t). With street widening, signal lights would be bad enough, but removing the rural personality from our gold rush era township would be an outrage with a roundabout.

Can you imagine trying to squeeze in a functional roundabout in the tight square corner of Highway 49 and Main Street? We’ve lived with a three-way stop sign intersection for well over 30 years and during that time I’ve experienced many occasions of people pleasantly yielding to others when it wasn’t necessary.

How about an area-wide roundabout? At a few miles in diameter, it would intersect upper Broadway, Pleasant Valley Road, Greenstone Road, Green Valley Road and Cold Springs Road. Then everyone could drive in circles around Placerville, Diamond Springs and El Dorado without stopping.

JIM RALPH
El Dorado

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