There has been much discussion about the traffic efficiencies of roundabouts and the additional hazards posed for pedestrians. One solution to the pedestrian safety question might be pedestrian tunnels under the roundabout. The tunnels would start at each of the intersection corners and go under the roundabout to a common point in the center. From that central point, the pedestrian could then go to any other corner unimpeded and safe from the traffic above. The tunnels could use slanted ramps rather than steps to accommodate the disabled. Perhaps the defeated proposal for a roundabout at the corner of Old State Street and Eagle Road could be resurrected with this safe alternative.
Bob Christensen, Eagle