The Mercer Island Reporter reports that the council is considering two new lights downtown, at 27th and 77th and 78th. Not to overdramatize the situation, but our 4-light island is threatening to turn into a teeming metropolis of tense, sweaty people trapped in cars! Actually, the new lights sound like a good idea. But blinking red at off-hours, please.
The article also contains a review of what was, apparently, a very lengthy debate over the options at Island Crest Way and Merrimount:
- keep the current four-lane configuration, which would require an expansive expansion;
- or use three lanes only, with two travel lanes and a center turn lane. The three-lane configuration would extend to 42nd st.
Even my husband, who drives swiftly and curses at speed-impaired drivers, says Island Crest needs to slow down- it’s frikkin’ crazy. He suggests a roundabout there. Oh, and some trees down the middle so it doesn’t look like a concrete highway.
Any passionate convictions out there? Four-lane option, three-lane option, or roundabout?
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