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Tupper town board doesn’t see rotary option as likely

September 17, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The town board hasn't taken an official position yet on the options for a planned reconstruction of a main intersection in Tupper Lake, but board members see the possibility of installing a roundabout at the intersection of Park and Mill streets as unlikely.

"I don't think you're going to see a roundabout here," town Supervisor Roger Amell said when his board discussed a hearing this week on the project.

"Oh, I hope not," said Councilman Jerry Fletcher. "I mean, they're cheap, that's why they build 'em. They're cheap - no lights, no nothing."

But Fletcher said he doesn't like driving through roundabouts. He said he dislikes a series of roundabouts on state Route 9 in the Malta-Clifton Park area. He said people drive through them too fast.

"Next thing you know, I'm in the curb; I'm in the freakin' flower box," Fletcher said.

Amell noted that roundabouts are bad for tractor-trailers.

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"Well, I haven't heard anyone say they want (a roundabout)," said Councilwoman Kathy Lefebvre.

Amell said he plans to go to the hearing, and the board might take a formal position after they find out more.

"I'm going to be there," Amell said. "I'm going to the informal meeting, see exactly what they have to say about things."



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