Traffic roundabouts always take a little getting used to, and one of our viewers has a question about plans for a new one near a local school.
Mary Jo wrote saying she noticed a roundabout is planned at Mayberry and Hunter Lake Drive. Since this is a short block from Hunter Lake Elementary School, and traffic does not stop at a roundabout, she wants to know what has been arraigned for students to cross that intersection safely?
Joe spoke with two RTC officials who said the school district is on board with this plan and the measures which will be taken to ensure students are able to cross the street safely.
The RTC's Michael Moreno said since cars will be traveling slower, it will be safer for kids to cross. Moreno also said they are considering a pedestrian-activated signal to help alert drivers when kids are crossing the street.
But when Joe talked to the principal at Hunter Lake, Amanda McWilliams, she said she and many parents are against the roundabout, because of concerns about student safety.
McWilliams said the RTC has not provided any plans for crosswalks or lights to help students get across the street once this roundabout is built.
So clearly, there seems to be some confusion over this project.
There is a public meeting planned at Hunter Lake Elementary School from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. If you want to express your concerns or get some questions answered, that will be a good place to do it.