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April 29, 2010



NEW ROUNDABOUT OPEN IN PRINCE GEORGE
10,000 drivers per day to benefit from safer intersection

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The 10,000 daily travelers who use the intersection of Courthouse Road (Route 106) and Allin Road (Route 634) in Prince George County will enjoy a safer drive thanks to a new roundabout. The $850,000 roundabout project started in September 2009 and was completely open to drivers by afternoon rush hour yesterday.

“We expect it may take drivers some time to get used to the new traffic pattern,” said Michael Saunders, project manager. “Just take it slow and remember to yield to traffic inside the roundabout.” The purpose of the roundabout is to improve traffic flow and reduce the number of traffic accidents and fatalities at this intersection. Construction of the new roundabout also included road resurfacing and sidewalks.

Intersections are considered one of the most dangerous places for drivers. Roundabouts are considered one of the safest types of intersections. They are designed to greatly reduce the severity of injuries sustained in crashes and have been found to reduce fatalities up to 90 percent because they lower the possibility of head-on or T-bone collisions. Another plus is they reduce fuel consumption, air pollution and vehicle maintenance costs because they allow traffic to move at slower speeds continuously through the intersection without lengthy delays.

Prior to construction of the roundabout, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) met with local businesses and residents about the upcoming traffic change and intersection improvements. The existing signalized intersection had a history of crashes.

Drivers will see continued construction on and near the roundabout through August while the contractor installs a truck apron, curbing, gutters and completes paving.

For more information about roundabouts, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/info/faq-roundabouts.asp.

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