To the Editor:
In response to your excellent editorial of August 11 concerning the roundabout, I have a few comments that I believe are relevant.
The backup at the blinker, as you noted, occurs a few times a day for a few weeks a year. Moreover, the time spent waiting to get through the intersection amounts to a few minutes, hardly an inconvenience for people who are on this Island for its unhurried atmosphere.
To spend a million dollars and perhaps three years to solve such an insignificant problem would hardly seem worth the effort. A far simpler solution would be to convert the blinker to a full red/green stoplight for a few hours during the “rush’ period. The light is already in place and the cost would be minimal.
Alternatively, a traffic director could be hired to be at the intersection for the period in question. Even if this person was paid the unlikely sum of $100,000 a year, the million dollars would last for 10 years — the same amount of time before the roundabout would have to be redone. For these reasons, and the ones noted in your editorial, the project should not proceed.