Dangerous Florida Intersection May Be Changed Into Roundabout
FORT MEYERS, FL- Nbc-2.com writes that a deadly intersection in Florida may undergo massive changes to the tune of a $1.6 million project. The intersection of Commerce Lake Drive and Gateway Boulevard has a reputation of being hazardous to motorists. In the last three years, 57 collisions took place at this crossroad.*
The county commissioners are now on the verge of approving the costly project, which will turn the crossroads into a roundabout. The funding for the project will come from the Lee County Department of Transportation.
Statistically, roundabouts are much safer than traditional cross-section intersections. In most intersections, cars are traveling in opposite directions and perpendicular to one another. If a vehicle drives through a traffic signal, the result can be a devastating side-impact collision. If a car turns left, a head-on collision or side-impact crash is likely to occur. A driver can drift across a center line and strike oncoming vehicles. In a roundabout, the cars are all traveling in the same direction. The risk of crashes, and more importantly, the risk of the deadliest crashes is significantly reduced by changing the flow of the vehicles. The danger of accidents at roundabouts is about 37 percent lower than the chance of a crash at a traditional intersection. The risk of a fatal wreck drops by 90 percent when roundabouts replace crossroads. Pedestrian accidents also decline by about 40 percent.
While the safety improvements offered by roundabouts are compelling, they also have been shown to increase the flow of traffic and cut down on delays. Researchers recommend installing these traffic features in places with a history of frequent car crashes.
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Source:https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41646915/this-deadly-fort-myers-intersection-could-become-roundabout and https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm