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Updated: 6/11/2009 - 4:19 AM



Who has the right of way?
Town Hall | All drivers will yield at Center circle according to state plan
  15 comments below

A diagram of the state's plan. Courtesy SIPD
The roundabout on Route 114 in the Center is set to become a full-fledged traffic circle.

A plan from the New York State Department of Transportation got a nod from Town Board members at Tuesday's work session after Police Chief James Read explained traffic safety concerns.

The intersection in front of the Shelter Island School as it is signed now is “confusing,” Chief Read said. Route 114 drivers approaching from the north see a divided highway sign in Wilson Circle and drivers from the south have little guidance unless they are turning right. Stop signs control traffic at the other two entries to the roundabout on Bateman Road and School Street.

“If an accident occurs there, who has the right of way?” That's what Chief Read asked state traffic officials in a December 2008 letter he sent after hearing from callers with safety concerns late last fall. He received two more calls about the intersection last weekend.

A state engineer studied the intersection and proposed a plan to make it more like a traffic circle. The Town Board agreed to go along with the new plan.

Expect to see yield signs (shown as red triangles below) at each roadway approaching the circle and painted pavement to better define the traffic entrances. Two yield signs (dashed symbols) will be placed within the the painted areas. Drivers will have to yield to traffic already in the circle at every entrance, including Route 114 drivers who currently move through uninhibited.

The state indicated that the intersection improvements could be made “during this construction season,” but specific dates for the change are not yet available, Chief Read said.

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Alright, the answer to the qsuetion is that the inequality is also x<-3, so it would be an open circle on -3, and you shade to the left.If the inequality sign is a "less than" or "greater than", it's an open circle. If the inequality sign is a"less than or equal to" or a "greater than or equal to" sign, it's a closed circle.For this equation, since x<-3, you would draw an open circle on three, and since -4 is to the left of -3 (and is also less than -3), you shade in the same direction which is to the left.EDIT: The person right above me (Hngkng) is wrong. When multiplying or dividing by a negative number, you reverse the direction of the sign. Was this answer helpful?




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bIpxSdatJIALVKnJ : 11/21/2012
Alright, the answer to the quietson is that the inequality is also x<-3, so it would be an open circle on -3, and you shade to the left.If the inequality sign is a "less than" or "greater than", it's an open circle. If the inequality sign is a"less than or equal to" or a "greater than or equal to" sign, it's a closed circle.For this equation, since x<-3, you would draw an open circle on three, and since -4 is to the left of -3 (and is also less than -3), you shade in the same direction which is to the left.EDIT: The person right above me (Hngkng) is wrong. When multiplying or dividing by a negative number, you reverse the direction of the sign. Was this answer helpful?




circular intersections : 6/5/2009
there are many types of circlular intersections. Modern roundabouts have yield control for entering vehicles and are typically 120 feet in diameter. Rotaries are very large and high speed. roundabouts operate at 20 mph or less. The diagram does not appear to have enough deflection - drivers entering should feel the need to change directions and slow down to get into the circular intersection, unlike rotaries where it is more like merging onto a freeway. Modern roundabouts have half the total crashes and 80% fewer injury crashes than comparable signals. Correctly designed they operate at 20 mph or less. This is a safe speed for interaction between vehicles or between vehicles and pedestrians. Usually the stumbling block to achieving a roundabout is the land, but with the space already in use for a circular intersection, conversion to a modern roundabout should be very cost effective.




center death trap : 6/5/2009
Having nearly hit the police cruiser once on this thing that doesn't know whether it is a roundabout something needs to be addressed - I mean how can it be safe to stop on a roundabout???




Center Death Trap : 6/5/2009
and how much are we paying Jim Read to bring insane ideas like this to the town board every year? what is the total budget for all our police officers/landscape contractors? You have got to be kidding!!!! Fire them all!




Center Death Trap : 6/5/2009
First, great reporting as usual! You're sure to win a prize for this one! All the previous ideas are good ones but maybe if we bulldoze the school and make an underground tunnel through part of the traffic circle with a toll gate, manned by armed SI Police with REAL bullets and buld a new police complex on the old school grounds with parking for all thre cops landscaping and car towing equiptment it would help. Also a lounge with all the newest police TV shows for hem to watch. Then put more 4 Posters around the new circle and armed guards with Shelter Island Association uniforms since they really run the town anyway. This death trap should have been dealt with ages ago. No amount of money spent is enough to stop the accidents and fatalities that happen here constantly. Hire new police! Then they can drive the drunks home that contribute big bucks to the PBA too! WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE JUST HOW THIS TOWN IS BEING RUINED BY WORTHLESS POLITICIANS AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS??????




The Solution : 6/5/2009
Put one of Rae Lapides' 4 Posters in the center of the circle with deer stands on each corner!




Traffic Circle Deaths : 6/5/2009
maybe an overpass built accross the circle will cut down on the accidents and fatalities. Then we could put cameras there and buy a helicopter to patrol it with 4 new cops in special shiny uniforms with gold braid and stars all over them. Also give them assult weapons so they can shoot any drivers of cars before they cause another fatality! Is this a delayed April Fool's story? It has to be.......What a great piece of award winning reporting!




Traffic Circle Deaths : 6/5/2009
Maybe we should build a new police dept. glass tower right in the middle of the traffic circle. This way the police can watch it in between watching "Cops" on TV and drinking coffee and SCHEDULING LAWN CUTTING JOBS! That's it! We need a new 15 story police building with storage for all the cops landscaping eqwuipment, town board. Bring it up at your next work session if the SIA ok's it. Ed Brown if you'd had this idea you might still be running.




Traffic Circle Fatalities : 6/5/2009
I've been concerned about this traffic circle for years. With all the accidents and fatalities that take place here, this money being spent on this 'study' is well worth it. I think we should hire another cop and maybe highway worker to patrol and maintain the circle. No maybe place one new cop at each entrance with a loaded gun. It surely will cut down on all the accidents and fatalities. Don't forget to put money in the budget for coffee and donuts too! Maybe also a special uniform and extra patrol car with fancy flashing lights! Unbelievable......




circle : 6/4/2009
Ridiciuous !













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