Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Traffic circle proposed for Rapid City intersection, updated
Rapid City is clearly struggling as it deals with some growing pains: a smoldering fire at the landfill is just one example.
Robbinsdale is a post-war development built over a former dump on the banks of one tributary still trickling into Rapid Creek in the southeast part of town. Hundreds of modest, cookie-cutter houses that mostly support the medical industry have helped to bolster a strong real estate market despite an otherwise dismal attitude.
Four stop signs have governed traffic flow at the intersection of E St. Pat and Elm for decades.
It's usually ordered and cordial; but, in the era of heightened tensions being generated by that town's despair it's only a matter of time before firearms are drawn then people die in hails of gunfire after someone breaches some unwritten, finger-wave, right of way protocol.
Signals for the location have been proposed and rejected so it behooves this former resident to offer a thought experiment: how does funneling the flow into a traffic circle work for you guys?