Make Willow-Sauerkraut Intersection Safer

There have been many complaints regarding the intersection at Willow and Sauerkraut lanes over the past few years.

Recently there was another letter regarding Willow and Sauerkraut lanes on the agenda at a BOC meeting. There have been many over the past few years. This issue will now be in the forefront with the elimination of busing to Willow Lane Elementary for students who live nearby the school. 

The best solution for this intersection in my opinion is a modern round-about. This intersection is only an issue during peak traffic times. One benefit of a modern round-about (of many) is that it causes almost no delay during off peak periods while efficiently managing traffic flow during peak times. Additionally study after study has shown it is by far and away the safest pedestrian option when designed with islands. (See photo)

Here is a link to PENNDOT's informational page - All about roundabouts

It's my understanding that this location is perfect for a round-about from an engineering standpoint given the area available. 

Roundabout facts:
Roundabouts are not the same as traffic circles

Pedestrian Safety - Statistics show these are much safer for pedestrians then signals since they reduce points of conflict. This is especially true when they feature safety islands where pedestrians can pause mid-crossing. (See diagram) This is really very simple. You enter the crosswalk and look left for on-coming traffic. You then enter a safe island and look right. Very simple and very safe. 

Aesthetics - They also simply look much nicer. This is an attractive area in the center of the township. The center island could be used for a planting, landscaping or civic art.

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Ron Beitler June 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Thanks for that link Paul. Tons of articles about those roundabouts. Looks like they have been successful so far. And the rationale seems to have been the same as why they make sense here. They are intersections that need something... but the volume doesnt warrant the expense or delays of signal.
Don O'Leary July 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Have you considered that there is a fire station right next to the school and the size of the trucks that may be going through that intersection during an emergency?
Ron Beitler July 05, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Yes I'll post a video later of an example of a round about with a truck apron. I have a couple more that show firetrucks specifically. FYI in the tragic study from 2010 the price of a sigbalized intersection with turning lanes is 802,000. Roundabout installation significantly cheaper. And requires little ongoing maintenance.
Ron Beitler July 05, 2012 at 07:10 PM
*Traffic not tragic ... iPhone autocorrect
Ron Beitler July 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Here Dan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5dxB-nFEZA&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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