May 23, 2019

Tipsy roundabout

The BDN’s recent article on the new roundabout in Calais was a bit humorous, but the fact of how dangerous it is and what an alternative to such a road hazard might be was not discussed.

First of all, the circle is too small and requires drivers to make a quick sharp turn in order to negotiate the corners. Second, everyone must have forgotten that a second traffic lane by the Milltown Bridge was used exclusively by all commercial vehicle this year because of a problem on the Canadian side of the Maine Street Bridge. And that was without a traffic light, too.

Third, who is going to pay for the broken snowplows when they try to remove snow and ice from this bumper car maze? Fourth, City Hall is on record that the traffic circle is designed for trailer trucks to ride up on the curb, tipping the load each time they pass through. Driving tipsy in and out of Calais should not be allowed.

Ernest James


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