The consensus among local government appears to be that more people, and more traffic, is coming our way and something needs to be done to make sure everyone gets along without slamming into one another on our roadways.
To that end, it appears the City of Lafayette is asking for proposals to improve the flow of traffic at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Olympic Boulevard, currently controlled by signage and the good will of fellow drivers.
The city believes that may not be enough, in future, and is asking contractors to provide a design for a roundabout at that location.
Now, those who have ventured abroad or visited Saint Mary’s College may be aware of the basic principles of a traffic roundabout – and know that they have both good qualities and bad. For the bad, rent Chevy Chase et al’s European Vacation or check out Youtube for videos of moving vans and articulated lorries attempting to navigate the circles with varying degrees of success.
Lafayette recently conducted a feasibility study for traffic improvements along the Olympic Boulevard and Reliez Station Road corridors, and the City Council has adopted a program of capital improvements, estimated to be in the order of $1.4 million in construction costs, to be constructed in the summer of 2016.
It will be interesting to see what the transportation architects/contractors come up with, because it appears we’ll all be navigating the area in a new way fairly soon.