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Fear not the roundabout

Believe it or not, life as we know it continues even after Truckee’s roundabouts have proliferated.

The big ” and round ” experiments on either side of Interstate 80 on Highway 89 south have, at least from my point of view, been mostly successful. Now we have a new roundabout on Highway 89 north and Donner Pass Road for people to complain about.

After more than a year in existence, I’ve learned to drive defensively ” or is it offensively ” as I pass though the dual roundabouts on 89 south. If I’m in the roundabout I keep my hand on the horn as drivers approach the yield sign. I’ve only had to blast away once to get a clueless motorist to do his yielding.

And yes, just like you, I’ve seen the out-of-towners come to a complete stop while they are in the roundabout. After I let loose a couple of self-righteous profanities aimed at the hapless tourist, I motor on.

At this point, I’m not going to have a hissy-fit over roundabouts. I didn’t much like sitting on the I-80 off-ramps trying to make a left or right onto 89.

Truckee’s other new roundabout, on Brockway, hasn’t caused the Earth to fall off its axis either. Go figure.

And for all of you roundabout-haters, the town isn’t done yet.

Come next year we’ll have another one to navigate at the Alder Drive/Prosser Dam Road/Highway 89 north intersection. And like the new roundabout just up the highway, the cost of that one will be footed by East West Partners.

Personally, I don’t think the folks over in Kings Beach should fear the proliferation of roundabouts to that neck of Tahoe. They would calm traffic down and, unlike Truckee, give customers at road-side cafe’s a little entertainment as they watch the uninitiated attempt to navigate them.

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