Roundabout marks 90 years of traffic control

SITKA, ALASKA Sitka’s new roundabout opened on Sunday (7-19-09) with little fanfare.
The project – budgeted at almost $2-million dollars — came in just about two weeks ahead of schedule.
KCAW’s Robert Woolsey took a drive through the roundabout on Monday at lunchtime, when Sitka’s traffic is reportedly at its worst.
He was chauffeured by local historian and automobile enthusiast Bill Foster, who discovered that the opening of the roundabout coincided with an important anniversary in Sitka’s traffic history:
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