I agree with Paul Dutram’s comments in the May 6 Morning Sentinel concerning a possible rotary circle at the end of Main Street in Waterville (“Don’t put rotary back in Waterville”).

Safety must be the primary issue as efforts to redevelop downtown are considered. Many decades ago, I served on the city Board of Zoning Appeals when a developer was trying to build apartments in the closed Hathaway building. The appeal was approved when a closed overhead walkway from the street near the old Levine’s building to the the Hathaway building was included. Unfortunately, financing for the apartment project was not available, so that entire project never was started.

Dutram was correct when he stated that failure to learn from the past leads to problems in the future — a rotary circle there will only lead to serious safety issues. Rotary circles are very common and successful in Europe but not where pedestrians are common. I have observed them as I have spent the equivalent of more than a year in Europe over the past couple of decades.

Fred Johnson


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