The Norman Transcript


August 21, 2013

Roundabout discussion going in circles



Bike lanes and turnouts would allow room for vehicles to pull over if an ambulance or other emergency vehicle needed to pass. That extra space also would allow for the potential widening to four lanes later if needed.

Humphreys also disagreed with the city’s analysis of traffic flow using roundabouts.

Attorney Harold Heiple who represents the Norman Developers Council, wrote council members saying he supports roundabouts for Lindsey Street.

“As I understand the city staff analysis, it appears to me that the Burden proposal cannot be accomplished using a two-lane roundabout design because of the amount of land required for the two-lane design,” Heiple wrote. “However, instead of walking away from roundabouts, consider the original Burden proposal for one-lane roundabouts at Murphy, McGee, Wylie and Berry and a U-turn signal for westbound Lindsey traffic at 24th.”

Several council members appear to be on board for including, or at least seriously considering, the use of roundabouts on Lindsey.

Boren said the built environment will affect how that environment is used.

“I would urge you to think long-term,” Boren said.

Council member Stephen Tyler Holman said his generation is driving less. He supports keeping traffic counts down on Lindsey Street.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said if traffic is to be encouraged away from Lindsey, the city needs to ask where that traffic will be absorbed.

Council member Tom Kovach said project plans are well under way. A public vote supported a widened version of Lindsey, and the city analysis does not support roundabouts as a feasible option in this instance.

“There’s only so much you can do to a train moving down the track,” Kovach said.

City council members will continue discussions on the vision for Lindsey Street next week.

Joy Hampton




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