Gonzales drivers don't want roundabouts
POSTED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 5:52pm
GONZALES, LA ( NBC33) — Some drivers I spoke with are angry that Gonzales officials are looking into building roundabouts in the city.
"I go through a turnabout there and people don't know how to go. They almost hit me," says one Gonzales driver.
They think lots of drivers in the area are already bad and it'll only make their commute even more dangerous.
"In Louisiana particularly people aren't real fond of yielding anyway," says commuter Phyllis Mayo.
City officials say the roundabouts would actually make Gonzales safer. They would force drivers to slow down when using them and take away the danger of drivers getting hit when making a left-hand turn.
"If you're careful in your drive and you obey the laws you should do fine and I think roundabouts work," says commuter Byron Stephens.
Drivers who have used roundabouts before agree. They say the four planned for in and around LA-30 and I-10 would have more benefits than just safety.
"You do away with four-way stops. People are running stop signs, red lights and it seems to make the traffic flow faster,” says another driver.
According to the city of Gonzales, it's also looking into roundabouts because increased development in the city is causing additional industrial and commercial traffic on LA-30.
"I just don't think it's that necessary. I think the traffic flows enough. If anything, it's going to confuse people," says a Gonzales driver.
And it's an expense they just don't want to pay for.
"There's a lot of infrastructure in the state that could probably use the resources a whole lot more than a roundabout here in Gonzales," says Mayo.