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Several of my friends have written letters to the Los Alamos Monitor objecting to reducing Trinity Drive from four to two lanes. Others object to the entire concept of traffic roundabouts.
I for one haven’t decided which side is right. The main I agree it is intuitive that reducing from four lanes to two would cause a traffic jam at peak hours, but I got to wondering how we know this.
In short, most people don’t know much about traffic and so have written their opinions, and while opinions can be correct, we need something more substantial.
What do we really know about efficient traffic and other benefits of two lanes vs four?
I agree, also, that those proposing these changes clearly have not made their case sufficiently.
Funny — in a town full of experts that prides itself on computer modeling, nobody seems to believe modeling or experts.
The main question to me is this: Most towns have a bypass to keep thru-traffic out of the downtown.
I submit that Trinity Drive is our bypass. We’ve all seen what happens on a bypass.
It’s usually pretty bleak — strip businesses, pedestrian and bike traffic impossible, little or no landscaping and any number of ugly buildings.
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