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Letter to the Editor - Nov. 18

November 18, 2011

Cearfoss roundabout is working well


To the editor:

The roundabouts recently proposed, or approved, by city and county officials have raised the ire of some citizens who decry these traffic-calming devices and claim that calamitous crash-chaos will inevitably follow if these plans are allowed to go full circle (pun intended).

Allow me to remind you of a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, which concluded that the Cearfoss roundabout resulted in a crash reduction of 76.5 percent and reduced injury crashes by 93.8 percent per year. Fatal crashes were eliminated. That roundabout was installed in 1995 and appears to be doing its job just fine. Four other Maryland roundabouts were also studied and yielded similar reduction in crash numbers.

Imagine for a moment the cost savings of all the accidents that don’t happen; the savings of rescue squads that don’t have to respond; the savings of lives not disrupted or ended prematurely.

The study may be found at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/resources/casestudies/fhwasa09018/fhwasa09018ppt.cfm.

 
Magnus Dahlgren
Hagerstown

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