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September 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Yarrow Point roundabout

Overbuilt, unneeded

Some Yarrow Point residents do not support a proposed WSDOT roundabout at this location. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

Some Yarrow Point residents do not support a proposed WSDOT roundabout at this location.
[Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

I am writing regarding the article on the Yarrow Point roundabout. [“Opponents to Yarrow Point roundabout getting nowhere,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.]The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) designed an overbuilt, unneeded roundabout at 92nd Avenue Northeast on Highway 520.

There is a big flaw in WSDOT’s designing and building process: the contract was set before the drawings were shown to the public. Even though public reaction was swift and overwhelming, and WSDOT agrees that a roundabout is not the only solution, the contractor can demand extra money for any change, without having to substantiate anything.

Three years later, construction of the roundabout still hasn’t started and WSDOT stonewalls the community.

Our state highway funds are not being spent efficiently, and community input is ignored. Under these circumstances, who will support their request for new funding?

Carl Stork, Yarrow Point

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