MDT considered several options to best serve motorists at these intersections including traffic signals. After evaluation, MDT determined that a roundabout is the safest way to efficiently control traffic at the intersections. Roundabouts have been shown to achieve up to a 90% reduction in fatal collisions over stoplights or stop signs.
Roundabouts also have a number of benefits including:
- Improved efficiency and smoother traffic flow.
- Increased safety due to a reduction of conflict points and a reduced speed throughout the intersection.
- Up to an 89% reduction in delays and a 56% reduction in stops.
- A 40% reduction in pedestrian collisions.