The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 26, 2013

Roundabouts safer, more efficient option

I certainly understand the opposing point of view regarding roundabouts, as I was once on that side. But after some practice and a few times using the roundabout, I find it smooth, safe and more efficient than what we had before.

Before we had waits of up to 10 minutes to get off Stadium Road onto Victory Drive. That inside traffic lane was not always easy to see, which created a nightmare when pulling out for fear of getting hit. In addition, getting onto Victory Drive from 83 was like taking your life in your own hands or waiting and waiting and waiting to turn.

While I did not appreciate having to drive out of my way during the six months the roundabout was being laid down, I hope we can consider more roundabouts in high traffic areas and at congested intersections. The ease, flow of traffic and safe entry and exiting is so much better.

Kimberley Schmidt

Mankato

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