Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Another roundabout

Here we go again. From the Argus.

Livingston County has roundabout fever, and it's spreading to Howell.
Howell City Manager Shea Charles said plans, approved by the City Council, are in the works to construct a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Pinckney Road (D-19) and Interstate 96 in 2008, using funds from a $1.2 million federal grant.

At the same time, D-19 will be rebuilt between I-96 and Pulford Street, also using funds from the federal grant. National Street is also scheduled to be extended in 2007 and 2008 to provide a loop road, allowing drivers to bypass Grand River Avenue.

Charles said roundabouts are catching on in Michigan because they are a cost-effective way to handle traffic. The county has five roundabouts — one in the city of Brighton, one in Brighton Township and three in Green Oak Township — and a sixth is planned for Hamburg Township.


Republican=Conservative said...

There is nothing wrong with the roundabouts but certain places there should not be roundabouts, i.e. by the highway.

Eric Dondero said...

Where's Leon Drolet when we need him? Perhaps Rep. Brandenburg will step up and slap this idiotic proposal down now that Drolet has been term-limited.

Eric Dondero, CEO

Eric Dondero said...

Oops. Meant to post that to the idiotic beer tax proposal of course. Not roudabouts.


Dan said...

We could use a Leon Drolet in our own county.

I can see him shooting down this proposal as well.

Bachbone said...

Interesting that MI is again behind the times. New England will phase out "rotaries" and other states (MI included) are starting to build more of them. HERE is the story.

It's all about money. To "H" with the consequences.

AuH2ORepublican said...

Unrelated news, from

"According to the Detroit News, social conservative freshman Congressman Tim Walberg (R) may face a rematch in 2008 from the man he ousted in last year's primary. Former Congressman Joe Schwarz (R) promises to make a decision on the race within six months. "Tim Walberg will be an ineffective back bench-bencher," one close Schwarz political associate told the newspaper. It would be the third contest between the two men, as Schwartz defeated Walberg for the open seat in 2004. National Journal's Hotline, meanwhile, reports there is also a lot of buzz in Michigan that Schwarz may make the rematch run in '08 as a Democrat ... "

I wouldn't be surprised if Schwarz ran as a Democrat, since his pro-abortion, pro-gun-control, pro-high-taxes views are closer to those of congressional Democrats, and since he would have NO chance of defeating an incumbent Congressman Walberg in the GOP primary.

DJ said...

I hate roundabouts. I have to drive on one everytime I go to drill. They're a pain in the arse. I don't know how Europe puts up with them. You have to go slow as hell to make sure you don't crash into the guy next to you, then you have to pray that you get a space in time to make your turn. Just install a traffic light!

LiberalLucy said...

Just for the record, Livingston County needs to embrace another trendy fad besides roundabouts. Too many idiots on the roads who have no idea how to drive thru them.