Now I have that Roundabout song stuck in my head. They sure don't make videos like that anymore!
Here's a link a gentleman from Milwaukee sent me concerning roundabouts. Check it out if want the state's perspective on them: http://www.wisconsinroundabouts.org
After talking with a representative from the state DOT last week, I learned the only place a roundabout will likely be installed is at the intersection of North Fourth Street and Mohawk Drive. The Leather Avenue intersection will likely be nixed because of space issues (the stop lights will likely remain) and the CTH A proposal will likely not happen because of other issues at the intersection.
There's still issues the city would like addressed before a roundabout is included at all in the project. Pulp trucks and semis have been part of the discussion. The agreement the city reached with the state last week will bring the design up to 30 percent complete, so there will be plenty of time to discuss these issues as the plan develops.
I personally like the idea of roundabouts. If you understand how to use a "yield" sign, can look left and then turn right without crashing into an oncoming vehicle, then you've successfully navigated a roundabout. However, I also think many of the concerns brought up in this discussion are warranted. Will some drivers have problems navigating them? Probably so. I think we've kinda come to that ageless question of which came first - the chicken or the egg?