A modern roundabout is an unsignalized circular intersection used to maximize safety, minimize traffic delay, and provide aesthetic benefits.
How to Navigate a Roundabout
When entering a roundabout, motorists should remember to follow these simple steps:
- Slow down as you approach the intersection. Drive defensively!
- Select proper lane (if navigating a multi-lane roundabout) based on signing and striping.
- Yield to ALL vehicles already in the roundabout.
- Do not pass vehicles or change lanes within the roundabout.
- If you encounter an emergency vehicle, continue to your planned exit.
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City considering future roundabouts
Roundabouts are a form of traffic control the city is currently considering at new and reconstructed intersections. For intersections that require more capacity than can be provided at two-way stop or all-way stop intersections, a detailed study of each intersection will be performed to determine whether a traffic signal or roundabout is most appropriate. Roundabouts are generally most effective at intersections with the following characteristics:
- Location with high incidents of right angle or turning traffic crashes.
- Locations with complex geometry.
- Locations with frequent left-turn movements.
- Locations where traffic flows from opposing directions are fairly balanced.
- At isolated locations or outside a series of traffic signals that are spaced close together. (Placing a roundabout in the middle of a series of traffic signals would disrupt any coordinated timing that may