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Pumpkin Center roundabout is coming, in slow motion

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 1:03am  |  Updated: January 4, 2012 - 5:46am

Just in case anyone still holds a lingering hope that the Georgia Department of Transportation isn’t going to build a traffic circle in the Pumpkin Center intersection, it’s probably time to put that to rest.

Despite near-unanimous opposition from local residents and a tepid reception from local officials, the state DOT is plowing ahead with spending a huge federal grant to build the roundabout.

And there’s nothing anyone locally can do about it – not even the campaign promise, by one of the losing candidates in last year’s District 4 County Commission race, to “stand in front of the bulldozers.”

For all its certainty, however, apparently the Pumpkin Center traffic circle will be built in slow motion.

Recent advertisements by the DOT set out details for the roundabout’s design. What isn’t included in the ads is the construction timetable, but DOT area engineer Mike Keene fills that in: The project won’t even start until June 2013 at the soonest.

What that means, unfortunately, is that the unwanted roundabout, which the DOT first announced more than a year ago, won’t get underway until at least another year and a half from now. For residents who don’t want the thing in the first place, that just means the DOT will drag out its inevitability, like putting off an execution that’s going to happen anyway.

Just put the darn intersection out of its misery already.

In the meantime, motorists already successfully navigate privately funded roundabouts every day in the entrance of Riverwood Plantation, and in the middle of Marshall Square. The newest one, while a total waste of taxpayers’ money, at least won’t be the end of the world.

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Comments (4)

Little Lamb

Practice

Darn, I was looking forward to the Pumpkin Center roundabout so I could learn how to navigate them, since they're the wave of the future. I have yet to take the road that traverses the wasteland of Marshall Square (I did eat lunch at Chili's once, but I entered and left the same way and didn't go across), so I guess I should go over there and practice in that roundabout. I take it the traffic isn't so bad there, yet.

blues550

Balderdash

Balderdash! Want to have a great roundabout? I-20 @ N Belair. Now THAT would be a bang up (pun intended) move!

Riverman1

A one lane roundabout is not so bad

The ones I saw overseas had multiple lanes going around...or where lanes should be. Now that was an experience. You had to keep going around until you gradually worked your way over.

ScottRAB

There are many kinds of circular intersections.

Many people confuse older styles of circular intersections with modern roundabouts. Rotaries are not modern roundabouts. Traffic circles (Arc D’Triumph) are not modern roundabouts. European Vacation was not a modern roundabout. New Jersey/Europe are not removing modern roundabouts. Visit www.ksu.edu to see the differences. www.fhwa.dot.gov has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/3hjrqus ).

If it has a stop sign, it’s not a modern roundabout.
If you could play a game of football in the center landscaped area, it’s not a modern roundabout.
If the circular roadway has a stop sign, yield sign or signal, it’s not a modern roundabout.
If you don’t have to slow down to enter it, it’s not a modern roundabout.
If you have to change lanes in the circular roadway to exit, it’s not a modern roundabout.

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