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May 3, 2011 7:11 PM by Herbie Smith

Roundabout May Replace Lafayette Intersections

In Lafayette, city officials are proposing an idea to make an intersection near Lafayette General Medical Center safer by replacing it with a roundabout.
The city's transportation department wants to convert Coolidge Boulevard, South College Drive and Bendel Road intersections into a two lane roundabout.
Studies show roundabouts improve traffic flow and reduce accidents by 50 to 70 percent.
Locals say they are for the proposal if it could fix the bumper to bumper traffic they deal with now when driving through those intersections.
"Traffic is bad at that corner," said Anette Myers, a Lafayette resident.
"It's way to busy, you want to pull your hair out everywhere you go," said Josh Hay.
Tuesday night the Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on the proposal.
If the proposal gets a majority vote, the council will give the transportation department 150-thousand dollars to take the next step with the proposal which is conducting a study on creating a roundabout in place of the intersections.




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