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Old Today, 09:44 AM
 
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It is a matter of mathematics. Not enough people get on there from the Turnpike. Those that do can easily go over to MacCorkle. Is this less convenient for them? Probably, but they do not matter when the vast majority use this as a connector from MacCorkle to Corridor G. Even more will do so once Park Place is operational. The small amount of traffic use the KT to access this corridor are simply not worth the money, the space or the deaths for the inconvenience of using MacCorkle instead.

I realize I am coming across harsh and that is not my intent, but I am tired of emotional based decisions, logic must be employed and should win out when all things are even.
The new Jefferson Road will have to have on and off ramps to connect to the Kanawha Turnpike anyways. If not, then the project will be a failure because all you would have done is make traffic at the MacCorkle Ave Intersection unbearable. Add another shopping center with Park Place, and you have the makings of a disaster. The Turnpike exit is key to helping the overall traffic flow of the area. So it will need to be smoothly integrated into Jefferson Road.

Traffic Circles are the best way to keep traffic moving. People around here are scared to death of them, but when I lived in upstate NY for a couple years I fell in love with them. They are useful for may kinds of intersections. I honestly believe that the proposed one for this project will greatly benefit traffic flow. Again, as of right now the number of people that use the KT exit to reach Trace Fork/Southridge might not justify the need of a roundabout. However, when this project is complete, I believe that the daily use of that exit will increase drastically. It is already a minute or two quicker to go that way as opposed to taking the Oakwood Road exit and using Corridor G. That way has multiple stop lights and on top of Southridge traffic, you have local South Hills traffic and people using the Corridor to go down into the Coalfields region. People will realize that taking the KT exit will not only save them time, but will be efficient with the road expansion and new traffic circle.

I am all for logical decision making as well, but I see the implementation of traffic circles as logical as possible. There is a reason that there popularity has grown exponentially over the last 15 or so years. As usual, West Virginia struggles to catch up. In places like New York and New England, they are implemented in small and large intersections. They might take up a little more room, but nobody will notice that in our scenario in South Charleston.

I wish they would build a traffic circle in Cross Lanes at the intersection of Big Tyler Rd. and Washington St. Plenty of room, and that is a terrible traffic light to get caught in. One additional traffic circle could be build off the exit itself, but that would require some additional space and re-engineering of the exit ramps.
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If you can't adapt to a traffic circle, you shouldn't be allowed to drive a vehicle. They're not hard to understand.
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Old Today, 02:44 PM
 
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If you can't adapt to a traffic circle, you shouldn't be allowed to drive a vehicle. They're not hard to understand.
Exactly. Itís really no different than merging in a slip lane at a normal intersection.
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