City Installing Roundabouts in Midtown

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 30, 2004
Work crews have just started construction on two new roundabouts in North Natomas. Deb Newton with the city’s neighborhood traffic management program says unlike traffic circles, roundabouts are meant to handle large volumes of traffic. We use traffic circles as a traffic calming device to reduce collisions. Roundabouts are used in place of traffic signals so they’re actually used for traffic management. Some disabled activists say roundabouts and traffic circles make it harder for disabled people to cross the street but Newton says they’re trying to fix that. We’ve also gone to special care to look at people with special needs so that we have safer cross walks for them. Newton says ultimately these traffic calming devices are the most effective way to reduce crashes. We found with the midtown circles that all collisions dropped 60 percent but the right angle collisions were zero. They had dropped completely. The new roundabouts are expected to be complete by mid-September. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.