Now that we have fancy roundabouts all over Durango, could we have an article about how to use them? Im sick of nearly getting hit all the time. Erin
Erin isnt the only frustrated local who seeks some roundabout etiquette.
At least half a dozen readers have shared various tales of close calls, buffoonery and cluelessness at these newfangled circular things.
I was going around to turn up Riverview Drive, and some old guy in a pickup came barreling down Florida Road and almost T-boned me, lamented one motorist. He didnt even see the big yield sign and had the nerve to honk at ME! Sheesh!
OK. So heres the one and only Roundabout Commandment:
Thou shalt honor thy fellow drivers inside the roundabout, for they have the right of way at all times.
See? Its not that difficult.
Roundabouts are not a place to play bumper cars, reminded Capt. Micki Browning of the Durango Police Department.
People approaching any roundabout need to slow down and give way to the cars already inside the circle.
And the word yield in the big red-and-white triangle? Its there for a reason, she added.
So far, there have been no accidents at the Chapman Hill roundabout, but weve heard of several near misses, she said.
The roundabouts are part of the citys three-pronged approach to traffic control, Browning said.
Its the Three Es: engineering, education and enforcement.
The Three Es are a good thing, especially considering some motorists are part of a different kind of threesome, namely the Three Stooges.
When some Larry, Curly or Moe approaches a roundabout, you can practically hear them blurt out, Aint it my toin? Why soitenly! Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.
Are they planning to put flags back up at Santa Rita Park now that highway construction is complete? It was always so fun to see new ones flying with each season. (We could do without the pink and purple for Christmas how about traditional red and green?) Im sure it was time-consuming to change them out, but it was awesome to see all the American flags flying on holidays. Hopefully, the city will start doing this again. Flag Flyer
Action Line has to be the bearer of bad news. It is unlikely that there ever will be flags on the poles between the soccer field and the highway.
Its a matter of high expense and difficult access, according to Roy Peterson, the citys director of general services.
When U.S. Highway 550/160 was widened and revamped, guardrails were installed along Santa Rita Park. This eliminated the only easy way for crews to reach the poles with city-owned equipment.
If we were to install flags and banners, we would have to do it from the side of the highway, which is impossible to do with our bucket trucks, he said.
Wed have to rent special heavy equipment each time we put up the decorations or change them, he lamented. Its the painful truth, but we just dont have the money to do this. It would be very expensive.
Peterson was a flag fan, too. Its sad we cant do it. The flags looked great, he said.
Action Line never will end a column with a bummer so perk up! Theres good news to be found in this star-spangled spoiler.
At least we wont have to look at those pink and purple Christmas decorations anymore!
Yes, our holiday glass is half full.
Too bad theres eggnog in it.
The only good thing about a half-full glass of eggnog is that theres plenty of room to add lots of bourbon to dilute the taste of eggnog.
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