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Twice around for Five Corners [video]

Study finished on Rotterdam’s inefficient intersection, costly roundabouts suggested

Dual roundabouts are proposed as a way to improve traffic flow at Five Corners in Rotterdam. As seen here, the roundabouts would fall on top of existing gas stations, and the town would have to purchase the property.

Dual roundabouts are proposed as a way to improve traffic flow at Five Corners in Rotterdam. As seen here, the roundabouts would fall on top of existing gas stations, and the town would have to purchase the property.

— The existing average traffic delay at Five Corners is 109 seconds, but changing the roadway into a roundabout is estimated to reduce the average traffic delay to 23 seconds. This approach also received the highest sustainability rating. Widening the road would reduce the average traffic delay to 37 seconds, but it only received a “fair” sustainability rating.

“I’m sure you are going to kind of wonder what we are up to,” said Jacquemart when presenting the board with a visual representation of how the roundabouts would be constructed. “We could not do a roundabout about in the middle because it would be very large.”

Jacquemart said some people think he’s “crazy” for proposing dual roundabouts, but he said it’s feasible. There is one similar design in Buffalo, and its two roundabouts are closer together. The roundabouts would only have a single lane, which Jacquemart said has proven the safest type.

The daily average traffic volumes going through the Five Corners, according to information from the Department of Transportation, is over 13,000 for Curry Road, around 5,000 for Mariaville Road, 10,000 for Broadway and roughly 12,000 for State Route 7.

Landscaping renovations were also included in the roundabout plans. Since the remaining usable land on the two gas station properties would be too small to fit businesses, Jacquemart said they could be turned into green space.

“It is a long-term vision, when we prepared the study we knew there was no money, DOT doesn’t have any money,” Jacquemart said. “It is something to keep on the books for the town. It is important to have plans like this … so when money does become available the town does have the plan and could implement one of those options.”

Earlier, Comenzo commented on the difficulty of driving in the Five Corners area with nearby industrial businesses.

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