Roundabout isn’t safe solution to traffic

Editor,

The Washington State Department of Transportation has not put traffic counters on State Highway 20, Banta or other roads.

How can WSDOT design any road configurations with accuracy without counts and types of vehicles using our roads?

There is a 15-20 car backup on Banta Road, not five-car, as WSDOT stated. WSDOT has no clue as to the large number of big rigs or types and widths using the highway all day, every day.

If they refuse to install demand lights at Troxell and Banta roads, which are already set up for them, then leave things as they are.

I am not against roundabouts in the right area and of a logical design.

A WSDOT representative admitted if the Sharpe’s Corner roundabout doesn’t work, they are prepared to put an overpass/flyover over it.

Sharpe’s Corner needs an overpass from west to east now with lanes under going toward Whidbey.

One minimum wait light would suffice for these lanes.

Anacortes traffic would continue at 55 mph uninterrupted toward the valley. With the proposed roundabout, all Anacortes traffic would be slowed to 15 mph, 24/7.

Picture the backups with all the large rigs using it. What will emergency vehicles do? Why not do it right in the first place?

I was told that older folks are afraid of roundabouts.

Perhaps some folks of all ages are, but the majority are against them because we are wiser, more observant and know our island better than WSDOT. I am fed up with WSDOT trying to shove down our throats their obsession with roundabouts.

Don’t sit idle and let this happen. Bombard your elected representatives and WSDOT to stop this ludicrous project. Our safety and lives depend on it.

Marci Buskala

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Not anti-defense; against being ‘collateral damage’

Editor, I read the South Whidbey Record Dec. 5 article, “Navy ends… Continue reading

Letter: Frustrated by a lack of enforcement by county

Editor, It is in the spirit of continuous improvement that I write… Continue reading

Letter: Goal of matching large donation met at event

Editor, I would like to extend a personal thank you to all… Continue reading

Letter: Road etiquette and safety is important and serious

Editor, I complain about this all the time and I do my… Continue reading

Letter: WIN thankful for support community has shown

Editor, Whidbey Island Nourishes, or WIN, is celebrating the generosity of local… Continue reading

Letter: ‘Whidbey Wonderful’ should be a new column

Editor, My husband Marshall and I moved to Whidbey in November 2017… Continue reading

Letter: Campaign supporters like you helped Kim Schrier to win race

Editor, Whidbey Island backers of Dr. Kim Schrier’s successful bid to represent… Continue reading

Letter: Fact is, lifestyles of Americans cannot continue indefinitely

Editor, As the American economy continues to decay, or, rather, as conditions… Continue reading

Letter: This time of year can be difficult for many people

Editor, I live at Brookhaven in Langley and have written the following… Continue reading

Most Read