Friday, October 14, 2011

Fed. Highway Admin. Backing Roundabouts

FDOT Pursuing Roundabouts on U.S. 41 in Sarasota

The Federal Highway Administration extolls the virtues of modern roundabouts, including on State highways, in the following video.  When conventional intersections become roundabouts, injury and death rates plummet.  The traffic flow benefits of roundabouts--in addition to long-term taxpayer savings--are indisputable. 

Roundabouts Slated for U.S. Highway 41

Hooray for the Florida Department of Transportation, which is pursuing roundabouts on U.S. 41 in Sarasota at 10th and 14th Streets.  This tremendous news should raise hope for municipalities around the State--including Maitland--desiring more pedestrian-friendly business districts. Every local government--and the Florida Department of Transportation--should conduct a conceptual roundabout study before adding lanes or converting an intersection with stop signs into a lighted intersection.  Metropolitan Planning Organizations should add roundabouts to their lists of desired transportation improvements.  Click HERE for a news article about long-range plans for U.S. 41. 

Here's a video from FDOT's September 22 Community Meeting: