Modification to the east-bound off ramp of I-10

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    Like many residents of Diamondhead, I work west of town and end up in the crazy traffic coming home at around 4pm. We all know the story, sudden braking, long waits, people trying to cheat by turning south and then looping around, the stop sign being treated more like a yield sign, etc.

    For a while there we had the police directing traffic, which was very nice. I haven’t seen them in a while, and the traffic is back to its usual craziness. I’ve heard rumors of a cloverleaf interchange being discussed, but I wanted to see what people thought about a roundabout at the exit.

    There is a website discussing a proposed roundabout off ramp in Massachusetts. It has what appears to me to be a similar layout to our own I-10 off ramp. Here’s the link to the article (with picture):

    http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x875592451/Roundabout-proposed-for-I-495-exit

    Does this seem like an ideal solution to anyone else? I don’t believe that the traffic coming from the east is or will soon be heavy enough to justify the cost of a true cloverleaf. Those of us who head to Gulfport know how harrowing those can be to enter and exit. The roundabout would allow smooth traffic flow for those coming off of the interstate while not inconveniencing those who live (or frequent areas) south of the interstate. Clearly Diamondhead isn’t scared of a good roundabout, so why not?

    What would be the best way to get the ball rolling on this, assuming I’m not just crazy? I know this isn’t something that the city or POA has direct control over, but it could be suggested to the state.

    #4226

    benmike60
    Member

    I see more out of pocket expense for Diamondhead property owners with this kind of project. Why not simply put in a traffic light? Unless there is a law to prevent a light, but synchronized correctly it will work. Maybe IF or WHEN a casino is built on the south side then this may be a solution.

    #4228

    Billy-Bob
    Member

    There is not remotely enough traffic to justify this kind of expense, except for about an hour each weekday. The simplest solution is to change road has the stop sign. Stop the traffic on Yacht Club drrive and allow the onramp to proceed unimpeded.

    #4232

    Mr. Truth
    Member

    The cheapest and most effective way to remedy this problem would be to put a police officer there for an hour a day. And write citations to those who want to go around, sooner or later those people that think they are better than the law will get the message if the fines are heavy enough.

    #4234

    Eags753
    Member

    Perhaps the city should consider hiring a part time traffic guard, simular to a school crossing guard or highway flagman, to work this area. The cost would be minimal and would free up the police officer to handle other matters.

    #4235

    DHeadMiss
    Member

    I have seen Officer Hughes directing traffic there on many occasions. It helps tremendously. There is no need to modify the ramp… just use the existing officers we have.

    #4238

    I don’t think that the POA or Diamondhead would pay for it directly, as I’m fairly sure that intersection is under the jurisdiction of the state. Still, we’d all end up paying for it as residents.

    I have no idea what the cost of this would be, so I did a tiny amount of research. According to the Florida DoT, one mile of “New Construction Undivided 2 Lane Rural Road with 5′ Paved Shoulders” costs roughly $1,862,415.91. I got that from this site:

    ftp://ftp.dot.state.fl.us/LTS/CO/Estimates/CPM/summary.pdf

    If we figure that this roundabout would result in 1000 linear feet of new road, that works out to about $353,000. Say $400,000. Is that worth it? Well, if we estimate that it costs the city $20/hour to have a police officer direct traffic (I’d imagine it’s more than that with insurance and other benefits included in his/her salary) and they did this for three hours per day every workday, at 260 workdays per year it would take almost 26 years to recoup the cost of labor for the police officer.

    That’s not really a great deal. But, if you’ll allow me to fly off into the clouds here…

    If we add in the additional cost in lost time for the drivers, that changes things. How can we measure the “worth” in dollars of something like this to the community? As an example, if there are 1,000 drivers who waste five minutes per day on this interchange (which seems about right, it usually lasts almost two songs on the radio), we’re wasting 83 hours per day. At $20/hour for the drivers, that’s $1666 per day. It would take 240 days for the interchange to “pay for itself”. That’s about one year.

    All of that aside, if it really is $400,000 and there really are about 1000 people who deal with this, I’d gladly front $400 for the construction. I pay more for less in Diamondhead. Maybe we can sell those electric signs.

    Yes, I’ve had too much coffee today.

    #4240

    Jerry P. Moreau
    Participant

    DHMiss (Marley) is absolutely correct. Dh now has a police force. An Dh officer should be placed at the up ramp to move traffic off the I-10 pass the stop sign to enter Dh.
    Two hours a day (4-6 PM) would give them something to do.
    The two worst things are:
    1. A traffic light and
    2. An officer giving tickets.
    A traffic light would cause longer delays and
    The Dh police force should not be a “Dept. of Revenue”

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    Jerry P. Moreau – 2013-02-21 7:57 PM

    DHMiss (Marley) is absolutely correct. Dh now has a police force. An Dh officer should be placed at the up ramp to move traffic off the I-10 pass the stop sign to enter Dh.
    Two hours a day (4-6 PM) would give them something to do.
    The two worst things are:
    1. A traffic light and
    2. An officer giving tickets.
    A traffic light would cause longer delays and
    The Dh police force should not be a “Dept. of Revenue”

    I agree, but I’d also argue that the police force shouldn’t be a permanent solution to a permanent traffic problem. As long as Stennis remains a hub for jobs, especially well-paying jobs, Diamondhead will remain a prime place for those employees to live… and every one of them will use that interchange every workday.

    #4245

    DHeadMiss
    Member

    I will agree to set aside $400 out of my city taxes to fund the project but if the city wont agree to that then i am fine with Officer Hughes.

    #4246

    DHeadMiss
    Member

    loud music sucks who are you?

    #4281

    Jhourin
    Participant

    We already have a round-a-bout. Go right and around the circle connecting Gex Drive and Airport Drive. It should be considered “smart,” not “cheating.”

    #4283

    Billy-Bob
    Member

    And if we block off the left turn, everyone will have to turn right and use the circle. That is the same outcome as constructing a new circle.

    #4295

    Billy-Bob – 2013-02-27 2:18 PM

    And if we block off the left turn, everyone will have to turn right and use the circle. That is the same outcome as constructing a new circle.

    Interesting. I like it.

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