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Lower Valley neighborhood still has roundabout complaints
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas People living near the roundabout at Knights Drive and Jersey Street in the Lower Valley told KFOX14 it still causes traffic problems, after El Paso's transportation department installed it about eight years ago.
"You just see the cars coming in real quick. I mean fast. They shouldn't, but they're running late," Lower Valley resident Robert Vasquez said.
El Paso Transportation Director Ted Marquez said the city installed the roundabout after speeding drivers caused accidents.
"We had people that were hitting one of the homes constantly. We had several instances where they hit the rock walls," Marquez said.
Marquez also said the roundabout reduced the speed limit in that area from about 45 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour. The city does not necessarily have plans to install a new roundabout, but Marquez said it's an option when planning to improve an intersection.
Marquez said the first step is installing stop signs, and that could lead to a roundabout in the future if stop signs do not fix the problem.
Some living in the area said the roundabout has made the intersection safer.
"I've watched motorcycles and cars go down this street probably at 50 miles an hour through this neighborhood, and they don't anymore," Lower Valley resident Daniel Mooneyham said.
Marquez also said the roundabout's landscape is designed so drivers will go through it slowly.