Round­abouts not needed in Syd­ney River

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

When the an­nounce­ment of three round­abouts for Syd­ney River was pub­li­cized, I won­dered why they were needed. I have been driv­ing through that area daily for years and can’t re­mem­ber even see­ing a fender bender there.

The area around the Credit Union exit and Mini-Mart exit can be dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate in heavy traf­fic pe­ri­ods. An easy so­lu­tion to that prob­lem would be to only al­low drivers ex­it­ing those ar­eas to turn right, and go around the loop back into Syd­ney.

An­other rel­a­tively cheap so­lu­tion would be to build a short ac­cess road be­hind the Mini-Mart con­nect­ing to the Bre­ton Abil­ity Cen­ter exit.

Round­abouts are fine in low traf­fic vol­ume ar­eas, but are not nearly as safe as traf­fic lights in heavy dou­ble lane traf­fic ar­eas.

I know build­ing new high­way con­struc­tion gets more po­lit­i­cal at­ten­tion, but in this case the $10 mil­lion this project would cost could be much bet­ter spent prop­erly fix­ing many of the city streets and coun­try roads in CBRM that are in dire need of proper repaving, not pot­hole fill­ing. Greg Mac In­nis Syd­ney

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