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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:00 am

To the Editor:

Thank you Dunwoody friends!

Recently we were fostering a new dog named Sugar who was able to escape from our yard. It was heartwarming to see friends and acquaintances join us in the woods and neighborhoods looking for her.

The community support and concern for our foster dog was overwhelming and inspiring. We wanted to publicly say thank you to our friends and neighbors in Dunwoody for their help.

Sugar is home safe!

Katie Scharf

To the Editor:

I agree with Mr. Cayes that roundabouts have their place; I don’t think the Jett Ferry/Dunwoody Club intersection is one of them.

The traffic isn’t horrible except for about half hour in the morning and evening and in 35 years I haven’t seen an accident at the intersection. When I asked friends, the description was “fender benders.”

Both a roundabout or traffic signals with turn lanes range in cost from $1.2 to $1.7 million and will destroy the Spalding Garden Club garden and all four corners will be forever changed.

A roundabout is difficult for trucks and buses to maneuver, more than five buses morning and night go through that intersection and trucks are delivering to Orchard Park constantly, which would injure if not destroy the concrete in a roundabout.

Currently, the cities have installed what the neighbor’s are calling “disco stop signs,” let’s give them a chance to do the job and use those millions to repair our streets or fix the intersections at Spalding and Pitts Rood and Spalding at Chamblee-Dunwoody.

Kathy Hanna

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  • ScottRAB posted at 3:09 pm on Thu, Mar 1, 2018.

    ScottRAB Posts: 7

    Since a recent study found a majority of truck drivers don’t understand how to drive a modern roundabout, it stands to reason most drivers don’t understand how a truck is supposed to drive a modern roundabout.
    Modern roundabouts are designed for trucks, large vehicles, and trailer towing vehicles by including the center flat area around the circle. It’s not a sidewalk, it’s called a truck apron, and it’s for trucks to begin a sharp right or end a left or U-turn on. But they should obey the warning speed and know their vehicle.

    Roundabout Trucks Videos:
    STAA, Porterville, CA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zPsUisOz_c&t=6s
    FHWA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nVzsC2fOQw
    Washington County, WI: http://tinyurl.com/trucksRABwi
    U-turn: http://tinyurl.com/rabtruckuturn
    Windsor-Essex Parkway, Canada: http://tinyurl.com/windsoressexRAB
    WSDOT simulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI0L2AolOCQ
    ODOT tests: Deschutes County Fairgrounds https://tinyurl.com/y7yfpw5q
    Portland Meadows Parking lot https://tinyurl.com/ycxpqf3u

  • ScottRAB posted at 3:08 pm on Thu, Mar 1, 2018.

    ScottRAB Posts: 7

    People using the road make mistakes (like running stop signs and red lights), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.

    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world - the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes - (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system - intersections. The reduction in speed and sideswipe geometry mean that, more often than not, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you usually need a tow truck, not an ambulance. Roundabouts are one of nine proven road safety features (FHWA).
    The life saved may be your own.