BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Council — and most speakers at its meeting Tuesday night — wanted to send a message to state transportation officials considering roundabouts at several locations along Highway 95: Find another solution.
The council voted 7-0 to adopt a resolution voicing opposition to the circles, which are regarded as an alternative to traffic lights.
The vote came after City Manager Toby Cotter described several possible drawbacks to roundabouts and other changes being considered as part of a safety study being done by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The resolution said that the council agrees that some safety improvements are needed, but that “planning for roundabouts and medians has progressed without appropriate input from” local leaders and residents.
Besides roundabouts, the study also covers center medians on Highway 95, which would prevent traffic from crossing the roadway. Cotter said some medians being considered are up to a mile long.
“This would be the death knell for retail businesses on that strip,” said Ray Shanahan. “If we can’t turn left and our customers can’t exit our businesses left, we would have to shut our businesses down.”