To The Daily Sun,
A hybrid roundabout at the junction of Routes 3 and 25 in Meridith?
Planners could look no further than the traffic circle in Keene at the intersection of Routes 10 and 101 where, even at the busiest times, traffic moves smoothly with minimal delay to vehicles entering the circle. Meridith doesn't need a three-tiered roundabout exactly similar to Keene's. A two-tiered traffic circle would work, and require far less cost and minimize any potential land taking by eminent domain.
The right lane would be to keep traffic flowing north on 3 and right on 25 headed toward Moultonborough and points east and northeast.
The left lane would keep traffic flowing north on Route 3 toward Holderness or vehicles making a left-hand turn west onto Main three quarters of the way around it. With less traffic using this lane, vehicles entering the circle turning left from 25 to 3 would have an easier time entering.
From that opposite direction, the right lane would be to keep traffic flowing north on Route 3 toward Holderness or straight ahead on Main, while the left lane would allow traffic from Route 25 to turn left onto Route 3 toward Laconia.
Two tiers instead of three could work, especially during the heavy summer and other holiday weekend traffic when the majority of traffic is for northbound vehicles on Route 3 turning east on Route 25, or westbound vehicles on Route 25 turning south on Route 3.
A single lane circle will create even more of a bottleneck at busy times. A triple-lane roundabout would be ideal, but far more costly and require more land taking by eminent domain.
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