continued In the report, it was concluded the two recommended roundabouts are a good choice and would reduce vehicle speeds, thereby reducing the number of accidents. It cites a study by the US Federal Highway Administration showing that there is a 78 percent reduction in severe crashes at roundabouts, a 48 percent reduction in overall crashes and a 40 percent reduction in pedestrian collisions.
Prior to the Dec. 3 public hearing, several residents along the Round Lake Road Corridor submitted to the town a petition with about 250 signatures opposing the roundabouts.
Town residents who added their signatures to the petition question the safety of a roundabout so close to the school. They are concerned about the ability of school children to safely cross to the other side of the road without a traffic signal bringing cars to a complete stop. The petitioners also recommended the study of traffic light controlled intersections and turning lanes.
Following the public hearing, Sausville said the next step will be to decide whether to incorporate the roundabouts into the master plan. That decision could come as soon as January, but no final decision on even going ahead with the project has been made.
“We have not decided on roundabouts, intersections with lights or even another alternative,” said Sausville. “We are still fact finding. Tonight’s public comments were very informative.