Roundabouts exist in several communities across the state, and not just at small-scale intersections. Several state highways and business loops feature the devices. Engineering firm URS recently suggested roundabouts as one possible alternative for a long-planned revamp of Division Street. URS proposes up to five roundabouts between 14th Street and Grandview Parkway. Record-Eagle
Could they work out here in Elk Rapids? Perhaps. For those who worry about them, I have lived in and traveled through several countries that have roundabouts, often with different rules in different countries, and I have never found them to be dangerous. I have seen them clog up under extreme traffic volume, but we don’t have anything like that here, even in summer peak season.