Roundabout U

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"Roundabout U" is an outreach program of Washington County to provide guidance and information on a variety of topics related to roundabout design and usage, including instructions for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Benefits of Roundabouts

  1. Operations
  2. Design
  3. Maintenance
  4. Environment
  5. Safety
  • Accommodates higher traffic volumes than traffic signals with fewer approach lanes
  • Reduces delay during off-peak times; no waiting at red lights
  • Reduces delay on side-street approaches
  • Can improve travel times along a corridor
  • Effectively handles u-turns for cars and large trucks
  • Can provide better access to businesses because of easier u-turns

Navigation of Roundabouts

  1. Drivers
  2. Pedestrians
  3. Bicyclists
  1. Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary; traffic within the roundabout has the right of way.
  2. Choose the proper lane for your intended movement as you approach the intersection. Failing to use the proper lane may cause a crash or result in a traffic ticket.
  3. Yield to pedestrians within crosswalks; never pass any vehicles, including bicyclists, when approaching or within the roundabout.
  4. Before entering the roundabout, look left and yield to all traffic within the roundabout. The inside lane of the roundabout is often allowed to exit and has the right of way.
  5. When traffic is clear, proceed into the roundabout, to the right of the circular island.
  6. Exit the roundabout at your desired exit point, again yielding to pedestrians within the crosswalk.
  7. Do not enter a roundabout alongside large trucks or buses with traditional intersections, they may encroach on other lanes to complete their turn.
  8. In an emergency vehicle approaches, proceed to your exit and then pull over. Do not stop or change lanes within a roundabout.