PennDOT States that Roundabouts Increase Safety, Reduce Accidents


September 10, 2020

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This map shows one option for the realignment of the intersection of State Routes 164 and 36 in Roaring Spring borough. This option involves the installation of a roundabout, which is a traffic routing system in which traffic moves in one direction around a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it. Roundabouts avoid the use of traffic signals, which force traffic to stop and start. Roundabouts allow traffic to keep moving but involve lane-changing and can be confusing to drivers who are not familiar with them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's proposal for a roundabout intersection at State Route 36 and SR 164 in Roaring Spring met with concerns and objections from residents and officials in February.

Concerns were expressed about local driver acceptance of a roundabout at a busy local intersection, the amount of land taken from nearby property owners and the increased potential for accidents at the intersection.

However, PennDOT has released data showing that Pennsylvania roundabouts reduce fatalities, injuries, and crashes.

PennDOT announced Sept. 2 that fatalities, injuries, an...

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