July 28, 2016
NOTE: The following is an opinion piece. The opinions stated in commentaries, here and otherwise in our newspaper, are those of the author and not The Brillion News, Zander Press Inc. or the owners or staff. The Brillion News welcomes letters to the editor to respond to this or any other topic of interest.
Commentary by Ed Byrne
When we put a photo of a semi overturned in the Forest Junction roundabout on our website on Tuesday, a lot of people were drawn to it.
In fact, it was about as popular as the night some lady dancers from a night club near Appleton showed up to serve as batgirls at the Askeaton ball park several years ago.
From time to time, I’ve been critical of the state Department of Transportation. (Now, there’s a huge understatement.)
But I do think roundabouts can be a good thing, in some locations. Forest Junction is one of them. The volume of traffic on both highways is right for a roundabout to handle.
I remember the days when a traffic light was there. It would cycle through its sequence regardless of how little traffic showed up. I’d seen drivers wait and wait for the green light even though there was no traffic on the crossroad.
And I’d seen drivers get fed up with waiting and go through the red light.
With a roundabout you don’t have to wait for the light to change from red to green. You can go when the coast is clear.
But in several roundabouts, I’ve seen trucks – both semis and straight trucks – tip over and end up on their sides.
Please see Byrne’s complete commentary in the July 28, 2016 edition of The Brillion News.