OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/30/13) – A new roundabout at the intersection of KY 56 and KY 81 in Owensboro is expected to be ready for traffic on Friday morning, Nov. 1.
Some finish work will continue at the site in coming weeks, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn.
“As a traffic control feature, this roundabout will improve safety and efficiency at this intersection,” McClearn said. “We’re placing message boards along the roundabout approaches to alert motorists to the coming switchover so everyone can be prepared.”
Roundabouts provide improved intersection safety with only eight traffic conflict points compared to 32 for a normal signalized intersection. Collisions in roundabouts tend to be side glancing hits instead of t-bone crashes associated with traditional intersections that are more likely to cause serious injuries.
Based on previous traffic counts, more than 13,000 vehicles are expected to travel through the roundabout in an average day. McClearn said the roundabout will be a great improvement over the old trumpet intersection it replaces.
“We encourage everyone who will be traveling through the roundabout to take time to become familiar with how this new traffic feature will operate,” McClearn said. “It functions on the basic principle that traffic entering the roundabout yields to vehicles that are in the roundabout.”
A brief tutorial on tips for driving through a roundabout can be found by Clicking Here.
As work continues to finish out permanent connections to the existing roadway, vehicles traveling into the roundabout will face several traffic shifts during the next month.
The new roundabout is located at KY 56 mile point 14.1 and KY 81 mile point 11.036 in Daviess County.
Yager Materials is the prime contractor on the $1.4 million project. Completion is expected in early December.
Information provided by Keith Todd, KYTC
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