Friday, September 18, 2009

The Blue Mountains' Roundabout - Officially Opens

After several years of talk and numerous proposals, our area has finally seen the first installation of a traffic roundabout completed. Located at the junctions of Grey Roads 19, 1-19 and Mountain Drive at the south end of Blue Mountain Resort where traffic can exceed 17,000 vehicles in a 24 hour period, this new traffic control device is sure to be of benefit to motorists and pedestrians alike.
Built at a cost of approximately $1.5 million, roundabouts are touted as not only improving traffic flow, they also provide environmental and safety benefits as well. Roundabouts eliminate the stopping, starting and idling of vehicles at traffic lights which saves fuel. Typically roundabouts also have a tendency to slow traffic down which results in less serious accidents for both vehicles and pedestrians alike.
The Blue Mountains should be congratulated for having the foresight and taking the initiative to try something different in handling the ever-increasing traffic that we are seeing as the results of this area's growth.

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