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Yelm’s 510 Roundabout to get repair – beware!

By Rob Carson in the Tacoma News Tribune:
“Later this week, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce traffic to one alternating lane through a roundabout built in 2010 on State Route 510 in Yelm. The restriction is necessary so crews can repair curbing damaged by a vehicle.

A pilot car will provide an escort through the construction zone. The restriction will be in place from 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28. If needed, the restriction will also be in place from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Motorists are advised to expect delays.”
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Ed. Note: I always thought the Yelm roundabout was too large and lanes too narrow, especially for trucks. One does not see roundabouts this wide in Europe, where they are much more prevalent than here.

Bottom line: Expect more damage in the future – this roundabout’s lanes are not wide enough to be negotiated easily and as traffic builds going straight through on 510 to the bypass, more damage such as this will occur. This was such a poorly planned roundabout.
And the original eastbound traffic lane to Yelm should have remained intact, rather than bringing that traffic to the roundabout, as well.

Posted by Steve on September 26, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

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