State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
One year ago this month, I blogged the following about roundabouts:
“Before the state proceeds with its plan to blanket roadways with roundabouts, it should slow down and I have made that request to the DOT. …..I suggest the state put the brakes on roundabouts until the kinks can be worked out. The idea is to improve all aspects of roundabouts: design, safety, ease of use.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board one year later seems to have come to the same conclusion, writing:
“We're not ready to give up on roundabouts just yet, and we think in general they can work well. But they are not the solution for every intersection, and officials should be careful about where they place them.”
The editorial concludes:
“And the state needs to monitor roundabouts carefully to make sure accident rates aren't going up statewide. If they are, the state should reconsider its policy on roundabouts.”
You can read the editorial here.