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Los Alamos is an island in the sky, comparable to other island communities. One other is St. Simons Island, Georgia, a coastal barrier island with a similar population size. Los Alamos was evacuated in 2000 due to the Cerro Grande fire; St Simons was evacuated in 1999 due to Hurricane Floyd. Or rather, evacuation was attempted. As Los Alamos has N.M. 502, St. Simons has a causeway.
The causeway became gridlocked, with all six lanes full of standing traffic and some vehicles overheated or ran out of fuel. The gridlock propagated to all the main roads on the island. The primary cause was determined to be signalized intersections. Now the two largest intersections on the island have been replaced by a one-way traffic loop and a modern roundabout.
In the past I doubted the merits of roundabouts, but now I know from using them how safe and effective they are. I drive to St. Simons Island regularly and can attest the new traffic loop and roundabout are far superior to the old stoplights they replaced.
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