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Sound Off: What Do You Think of the Ewing Road Roundabout?

Have you driven through the new traffic circle?

Allegheny County Airport Authority officials said it was built with economic development in mind.

Late last month, the authority the Ewing Road Interstate 376 on-and-off exit ramps to motorists, unveiling a newly designed traffic roundabout that is one of the first to be built in recent years in Allegheny County.

The project, which the airport authority funded, cost $950,000 and shuttered the exit ramps for more than four months during construction.

Randy Forester, senior director of development for the authority, told Patch the roundabout will improve traffic management in the area as the number of vehicles on the road increases during the next decade.

So what do you think? Have you traveled on the roadway? Was the project worthwhile? Will the roundabout better manage traffic?

RealMoonResident November 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM
I like it and I think people will grow to like it if they use the Ewing Road exit from 376 E. My only concern is that people on motorcycles heading south on Ewing may try to go around it way over the speed limit, possibly hitting cars exiting from 376 E. There is a limited sight line from the left when exiting and the roundabout's safety counts on speed control.
Robert November 10, 2011 at 01:03 PM
It is a very interesting concept to an on ramp, But I think it is a big waste of money! That money could have be used for something the airport or Moon really needed.. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Kevin November 10, 2011 at 01:23 PM
This is the biggest waste of money I have seen in a while ! The old way was less dangerous than the new !
Russ Freed November 10, 2011 at 07:06 PM
This is equivalent to digging a hole and paying to fill it up with "free" money. Take your grandchildren to see this boondoggle ...they are the one that will have to pay for it. Good lesson in "compound interest", they will pay 3-4 times the cost of digging up and replacing a perfectly functional interchange with one that goes round in circles.
Wordlite November 10, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Colossal waste of money. Typical of government planned expenditures.
mags November 10, 2011 at 09:56 PM
i agree with wordlite it is a total waste of taxpayer money oan way more dangerous. cannot wait for the winter ice and snow!!!!!
seen2mch November 11, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Is there an "Engineers Gone Wild" franchise? If not,there should be! Used it one time and almost got hit by a lady exiting the off ramp and refusing to yield as there is no stop sign. Wow!!! On the bright side..if you own a body shop you are gonna love it.
ScottRAB November 13, 2011 at 08:55 PM
The first cost of any two choices is a poor way to compare. Life-cycle cost is the best (present value of future costs, a.k.a. net present value). When comparing modern roundabouts to signals for a 20-year life cycle (the standard period), modern roundabouts usually cost us much less. Costs to compare include: first cost (design/land/construction), operation and maintenance (electricity, re-striping, etc.), crash reduction, daily delay (what’s your time worth?), daily fuel consumption, pollution (generated), area insurance rates (this costs more where it is less safe to drive). Each of these things, and others, can be estimated for any two choices and everyone near or using the project area will pay some portion of all of these costs. Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit www.iihs.org for safety facts.
Robert November 13, 2011 at 09:16 PM
SO ScottRAB... What are you trying to say.. because for some reason I read your comment but all I see is Blah blah blah blah
RealMoonResident November 13, 2011 at 09:58 PM
What ScottRAB was trying to explain to you is that one has to consider more than the up front cost of an investment in order to determine its overall worth. Roundabouts are safer and do save fuel compared to normal intersections, especially uncontrolled ones.
Lori Stroupe December 06, 2011 at 01:55 PM
waste of money and time
Robert December 07, 2011 at 12:33 AM
RealMoonResident, Thank you.. I really knew what he was saying I was just making a point to the way he went about it.. You explained it perfectly in two sentences, his was more like an novella, to show how intelligent he is or how he was the engineer who designed it.. Either way the point I was trying to make is that there was nothing wrong with the way it was! It was a waste of time because there was no need for it!There have been I believe two accidents there since, How safe can it be?
RealMoonResident December 07, 2011 at 03:26 AM
If you truly understood him, you picked a strange way to show it. Your response (".... blah blah blah") made you sound like a simpleton. America has too many people like that and not enough engineers. Personally, I like it when people try to share their profession and the reasoning behind decisions. It's usually never as simple or arbitrary as it appears to be on the surface. For every intersection and road setup there are many decisions made based on sight lines, population, traffic rates, drainage etc. I use that exit several times a week and overall I believe that it is safer than the old one. Obviously, accident statistics will tell the truth and carry more weight than my opinion or yours.
Susan December 10, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I have gotten off at the Ewing Road exit for 7 years on my way into work. It is now more dangerous because those coming down Ewing Road into the roundabout have no yield sign, and my view up Ewing Road is now mostly blocked. The road was not really a problem at all before they spent $950,000 to "fix" it. It is now. A couple weeks ago a police car came flying down Ewing road which I could not see, and nearly rear ended me on my way thru the roundabout. I'm waiting for the first crash.
Susan December 10, 2011 at 05:00 PM
For sure -- the intersection that actually has safety issues is the one back up at Cherrington that I had to use while they created this new safety hazard.
Susan December 10, 2011 at 05:06 PM
This one might be safe if it had been properly constructed. There is a total blind spot coming off the exit ramp. You cannot see what is coming into the roundabout down Ewing Road. Truthfully there was not even enough congestion at this intersection to warrant even stoplights The congestion problem in this area is at the Cherrington exit, not this one.
jeff February 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Go build one in your driveway if you like it so much. Spend our $ on the Thorn Run intersection, the one that is broken.

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