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2/28/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Roundabout the long-term solution

Obamacare on wheels. That's what this roundabout idea that the DOT keeps pushing for on Stockton Hill road would be. Thanks to the lack of planning for the area, we now have a traffic congestion problem that is annoying but minor compared to many other cities.

While I don't see how forcing the same number of motorists to drive in circles and merge multiple times will help, I suppose in the long run it will solve the problem. The gridlock it creates will eventually cause people to stop patronizing businesses in the area. When the businesses shut down, the city can then deny permits and licenses to anyone wanting to start a new business there. Fewer businesses, less traffic, problem solved.

I just hope the City Council has a plan for the abandoned buildings and loss of revenue that will go along with their solution.

Mike Betz


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Article comment by: Place Blame Where It Belongs

Yea, bring Obama into our traffic problems. I can see Barack and Michelle sitting around the dinner table and Barack telling Michelle, "Ya know, we just must do something about that Stockton Hill congestion in Kingman. Put in a call to DOT."

Poor Republicans in the area can't face the fact that everything in Kingman for the past 25 years is the result of local Republicans. Perhaps the voters will begin to look at others to solve our problems and lead us rather than Republicans.

Then you have one of our "regulars" reacting to a comment that roundabouts are found the world over by saying you won't be happy until we are Europe. Actually, I won't be happy until Americans like so many printed here display a degree of intelligence, understanding, and acceptance of new ideas.

Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Richard Kale by all means we should have round a bouts in Kingman since they have them in Europe.
The left will not be happy until this country is a copy of Europe and their socialism....what a shame as we once was the greatest country on earth, but evidently that just isn't fair to liberals, progressives or what ever they call themselves now days!
Evidently you didn't do much driving in Europe as they are terrible drivers, ask anyone who has tried to cope with their style of driving all over the road.

Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Article comment by: Roundabouts have some benefits

Roundabouts take a little getting used to, but once you get used to them you come to like them better than getting stuck at one traffic light after another. In recent years a number of them have been built in other parts of northern Arizona (such as the Prescott area, Cottonwood, etc.), and the more I use them the more I appreciate simply having to slow down a little at those points and not having to stop at a light.

Of course it would certainly be an inconvenience for a few months while one was being constructed at the busiest point on SHR, but it the long run it might be worth it.

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Article comment by: John Stevens

Roundabouts have been successfully used across the globe Richard is correct. The problem will not be the roundabout it's the terrible drivers we have in Kingman. I for one am in favor of a roundabout. Our future in Kingman will rely on it. Another thing people keep complaining that there are too many businesses on Stockton Hill... I say - there are not enough. More business = more jobs. Retired people don't hire workers - businesses do. What's more - putting a business anywhere else is a stupid business decision. Stockton Hill is where it is. So all you people getting upset about change - get over it. I have news for you - LIFE CHANGES.

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Article comment by: you look like I need a drink .....

you NEVER suggest, design, or invest in anything which depends upon the sanity, morals, or appearances of anyone in or from Kingman.

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Article comment by: Up To Here

There is no reason to blame Obama on this round-about proposed fiasco. ADOT can be told their round-about option is no longer on the table. If it is pushed on us despite our objections, we have only to blame our own locally elected officials.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Doing Research

Mike, what you're saying here is, "I'm not a traffic engineer, but if one were to propose a solution that I don't immediately understand, then I'm against it."

Is that correct?

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Richard Kale

I can see no problem with a round-a-bout, The problem is the drivers. It will be change and like Obama care, people dont like change,no matter what it is. I spent 4 years in England in 63-67,1 and half in Turkey 57-58, and a year and a half in Pakistan, 60-61. They had round-a-bouts there and everything went smoothly. I guess they are better drivers than us. I am sure it will be hell for a little while, but it does keep traffic moving, maybe not as fast as you might want, but safer.Any way, just a thought. Thanks for letting me spout off.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Barney Oldfield

With all the different driving styles around here I don't see how Kingman drivers could negotiate red signal lights, left turn lanes, diamond lanes, speed limit signs, or blinking yellow arrows for left turns. But with all the NASCAR fans around here and all the number 3's in windows, you would think they could handle an oval road with all left turns, until you exit right. If not please don't leave town because the rest of the world is moving forward with new traffic innovations. Carmel, Indiana.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Trained Observer

If they took a poll, it seems that the overwhelming number of people here don't want it. It is not something that would be built overnight - it would take at least several months of construction. So putting up with a worsened traffic situation during that time is another thing to think about. They need to use common sense and probably the lowest cost choice which would be to synchronize the lights.

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