To the editor:
This is just my two cents and I have no expertise in this area.
But I think Bob Smith's idea of a roundabout traffic circle at the Five Corners intersection deserves an experimental trial period.
It's one of those situations where we have nothing to lose because, if it proves unworkable or unpopular, the intersection could be restored to its present configuration.
Five Corners is awkward now due to the fact that traffic coming up Broadway or down Upper Main Street has the dominant right of way (no stop signs). Those motorists using Railroad Avenue, Parker Street, or lower Main Street are at a clear disadvantage.
Furthermore, those intending to turn left up the hill onto Upper Main Street face a blind corner. Motor vehicle accidents are somewhat more likely as a result.
If the present raised garden were temporarily taken out (in the off season?) and replaced with a makeshift center circle based on Bob's overlay specifications, Rockport drivers would get simulated roundabout traffic without the full commitment.
It goes without saying that this would require at least the blessing of the chief of police, Board of Selectmen, Public Works director and the Traffic Committee, perhaps even an approval from the state.
But an informational public hearing would be one way to get more opinions and details, and you are right to be skeptical.
However, unless we try it, we will never know for sure whether we have missed the opportunity for a safety upgrade and easier, more equal traffic flow.
Canterbury Lane, Rockport