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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 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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