Love 'Em or Hate 'Em, Roundabouts Work, New Study Says

November 02, 2017 11:03 AM

Roundabouts are reducing injuries and saving lives, according to a new Minnesota Department of Transportation study.

The study found more than an 80 percent reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes at roundabouts throughout the state.


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That doesn't mean fewer crashes are occurring. Rather, it's the type of crashes that makes the difference, according to MnDOT Assistant State Traffic Engineer Derek Leuer, who conducted the study.

"The fact that you have to slow down, you have to go the same direction as the rest of the traffic, that's what's reducing the severity," he said.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean Minnesotans like the roundabouts.

"They probably fall into two camps," Leuer laughed, adding that roundabouts are a topic MnDOT hears about frequently. "(Minnesotans) either love them or they hate them."

Just because they're safe doesn't mean Minnesotans should expect to see more of them. Leuer said that while MnDOT will certainly consider roundabouts when they design new intersections, the decision will largely depend on specific factors at each intersection.


Josh Rosenthal

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