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Robert Braeking

Another case of League City council playing sim-city with opm (other peoples money). Brittany Lakes Drive is a minor road serving a minor subdivision. Surely the council should concentrate its efforts on real problems. I wonder who lives in that subdivision and has the ear of the city council????? Hmmm????

Ron Shelby

Give us the cost analysis. 20 years of a regular traffic light cost and routine maintenance (Throw in a hurricane replacement for good measure) versus the construction and maintenance (including landscaping, signs, directional lane painting) of a round-about.

Diane Turski

I vote for left turn lanes and a traffic light. I don't see much evidence of "drive friendly" now, so I wouldn't expect to see more with a round-about.

PD Hyatt

The round about that is over here behind the massive buildup around the HEB seems t work very well and I have not seen anyone who doesn't seem to know how it works or that has had problems driving around it.... Expensive? Really? Not for sure why....

Ron Shelby

PD, its all "time value of money" calculations. To make a good "cost comparison" between both projects you typically project the costs of both projects over the next 10 to 20 years and Present Value those costs. The resulting decision tends to be the cheaper one unless there are other overriding considerations. Roundabouts typically have high upfront costs making it less appealing to the government, but great for the contractor who's chosen to build it. In any case, it would be good to actually see the numbers side by side.

Jose' Boix

Interesting and according to an Internet post: "A roundabout revolution is slowly sweeping the US. The land of the car, where the stop sign and traffic light have ruled for decades, has started to embrace the free-flowing British circular."
The UK has had what they call "roundabouts" for a long time; old technology coming back to the US...

Chuck DiFalco

Ok, roundabouts are very expensive and are darlings of civil engineers who want to be cool, but many people are missing another big disadvantage. Roundabouts don't scale well. The consultants even said so during the previous meeting about this project. Multiply times 10 the current rush hour traffic flow east-west on LC Parkway west of the freeway, those cars will be rolling through the stop signs onto the roundabout, and the cross street cars (from B. Bay and B. Lakes) trying to get on will wait forever because there won't be any gaps. Roundabouts work best when they're "hemmed in" like the one on the north side of Pinnacle Park. A roundabout would be a disaster anywhere on 96.

Ron Shelby

But they do make a LOT of money for the construction companies hired to build them.

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