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Scituate could swap dangerous intersections for roundabouts

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SCITUATE - Cars rush by at times upwards of 50 miles per hour...

Then they stop, abruptly, at two different intersections in Scituate.

Routes 6 and 101, and Danielson Pike and route 102 are both dangerous intersections that can cause major, and sometimes deadly accidents.
The state hopes to fix that by implementing modern roundabouts.

"The main purpose is really to slow down the approach speeds and the circulating speeds so that if a crash does happen it won't be a fatal or a serious injury crash, it will be hopefully just a property damage only crash," said Robert Rocchio, Traffic/Safety Engineer for RIDOT.

Back in 2004 the intersection at 6 and 101 was the scene of a fatal accident. Drivers who travel the roads often are all too familiar with the dangers.

"It would be a welcome change at that intersection. I've seen many accidents and have helped people that have been in accidents at that intersection," said Carl Saccoccio of Foster.

But not everyone is convinced that roundabouts will make a difference.

"I'm just not really crazy about them, they seem not very organized, it's hard to negotiate your way through them," said Doreen Bell of Scituate.

"We have experienced in the past some initial public resistance to roundabouts, however after they have been in place for some period of time, roughly 3–6 months, the complaints virtually disappear," said Rocchio.
He also says the roundabouts are better for traffic congestion, the environment, and the electrical costs to the state.

If built, each roundabout would cost about half a million dollars. The plans are only about 30% done and are still subject to town approval.

If the plans move forward, construction is expected to begin on the project sometime next year.
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