Aug 17, 2015

Roundabouts Don't Always Work Well

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150815/ARTICLE/150819785


Venice roundabout: Worst intersection in Sarasota County?



"Five years ago, Sarasota County installed the $3.2 million roundabout to make the busy intersection safer and more efficient. From the start, critics questioned the risks of installing a two-lane roundabout feeding from Interstate 75 into a city with one of the oldest populations in the nation."

"Those fears have been realized. And then some."

"Crash rates quadrupled, making the roundabout the No. 1 intersection to avoid each year since it opened. Traffic counts decreased by 45 percent as tens of thousands of drivers like Hunt began finding alternate routes."