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Proposal would let communities veto roundabouts

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin communities that don't want roundabouts would have the right to veto them under a bill that's up for a public hearing this afternoon. The Assembly's Transportation Committee will take testimony on a measure introduced last July by West Bend freshman Republican David Craig. It would require local government approval before the state D-O-T can install the circular intersections.

Right now state and county officials can decide where-and-when to build the roundabouts. Craig says the developers should have to consider the concerns of local businesses and motorists before putting them in as replacements for intersections with stop signs and traffic lights. Most of the bill's co-sponsors are Republicans.

Wisconsin has about 200 roundabouts -- some of which are almost right next to each other in groups of three. State officials say drivers normally don't like the circular corners -- but they favor them once they get used to them.