Public Testimony Heard On Binkley St. Roundabouts Last Night

Posted: February 12, 2014 at 6:01 am

Last night members of the Soldotna City Council and City Administrators along with the City Engineer and Mayor invited the public to City Hall to discuss their opinions of the current $2.6 million Binkley St. improvement plans that include the installation of mini roundabouts.

 

Several people were in favor of them from past experiences they have had in using roundabouts, others that were not so familiar didn’t quite understand the purpose of these roundabouts and saw no reason why a 4-way stop could not suffice to fix traffic problems in Soldotna.

 

We spoke to Soldotna City Engineer Kyle Kornelis who said he was pleased with the feedback they received.

 

Kornelis: “Great feedback from the public, there was folks very much in favor of the roundabouts there were others that had some very valid concerns so we’ll take a lot of good input from this meeting and move forward with the preliminary design process and hopefully have some conclusions and some solutions in the near future.”

 

We asked Kornelis what some of the main core concerns from the public were.

 

Kornelis: “Core concerns are whether or not merging and the changing traffic patterns is going to be difficult for folks to understand, there’s a lot of concern about winter maintenance, pedestrian conflicts and things of that nature. I think we did a good job of talking about some of those things, some folks were satisfied others weren’t and I hope we can keep widdling away at it eventually find something that works.”

 

Click here to see a current layout of the Binkley St. project preliminary plans.

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9 Comments to “Public Testimony Heard On Binkley St. Roundabouts Last Night”

  • High Cost says:

    2.5 billion? Please recheck your math facts.

  • Jeff says:

    Stupid idea – just retarded!!!!

  • Ed M says:

    The only retarded idea is your thought Jeff….

  • Mike says:

    In all the comments over the past few weeks not a single person has given any input as to why we need these things? Wouldn’t the money be spent more wisely by just improving the existing roads in town? Why in the world do we need three roundabouts in this town?

  • Carol Matthews says:

    Think trucks! There are big trucks going in and out of Safeway mall and on Redoubt to the school, etc. I’ts nearly impossible to maneuver a large truck around one of those things without running over a curb or knocking something over. I’d rather see a stop light than a roundabout.

  • BPM says:

    2.6 MILLION FOR A NEW DRIFTING COURSE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF SOLDOTNA!!!!!! HECK YES!!!!!!! SOUNDS LIKE SOLDOTNA ILL HAVE A USE FOR ALL THE COPS IT EMPLOYES… FINALLY! HERE’S AN IDEA INSTEAD OF REMODLING THE ALREADY MESSED UP CONGESTED STREETS OF SOLDOTNA WITH A NEW OBSTACLE COURSE FOR SOLDOTNA’S YOUTH (AKA THE IDIOT TEEN DRIVERS) TO CAUSE WRECKS AND HIT INNOCENT PEOPLE TRYING TO GET TO THE GROCERY STORE; LETS TAKE THAT 2.6 MILLION AND PUT IT TOWARDS REPAIRING THE CITY’S SURFACE STREETS AND SIDEWALKS OR TOWARDS THE NEVER ENDING ISSUE OF SNOW REMOVAL AND ROAD MAINTENANCE

  • jeff says:

    It obvious – Inbred Ed M — that you have never used one of these. Or you are just making money of this most stupid idea ever!!!

  • Sharon says:

    Roundabouts are a great idea. I’m working on trying to get some on K-beach. They have been proven to be useful all over the world. They will make them to code so that these trucks can maneuver through them with ease, just like they do everywhere else. Have you not seen them all over anchorage? How many accidents have they caused? Grow up and realize that our town is expanding, and embrace the change. If you get in a wreck in a roundabout, it’s going to be low impact because you have to go fairly slow.

  • Steve Wright says:

    2/15/14 Have Ya ever attempted to Push Snow around a Circle ? Can’t be Done without pushing & backing up, pushing & backing up over & over again. The Snow Removal Crews are going to Love these RoundAbouts.
    I hope the Leadership has considered the increase in Labor & Time for Snow Removal & provided Budgeted Funds for that increased Labor? SPW

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