Atlanta is well-known for its dense traffic and lengthy travel times. For this reason, many metro-Atlanta cities have adopted roundabouts. Many cities in North Fulton have either completed construction on these roundabout treatments or made the decision to implement them at select intersections within the last two years.
The first roundabout in the area was completed in 2012 in Roswell, Georgia. Its success is obvious, as Roswell is planning another at Houze Road and Hembree Road. Alpharetta currently has a roundabout in place and is planning another at Haynes Bridge Road. Milton has two roundabouts planned. Johns Creek has adopted this new road treatment plan as well. In April of 2011, the city announced plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of Bell Road and Boles Road in an effort to lessen overcrowding. In recent years, wait times and traffic accidents have increased greatly in this area of Johns Creek. This roundabout is a way to increase traffic safety without the use of traffic lights or stop signs. The intersection of the two Johns Creek roads will remain open, reducing impact on travelers. The roundabout itself will be created approximately 110 feet northeast of the two roads' crossing point. The expected construction start date is in the spring of this year and the entire process should be completed within a year of that date.
This increased popularity of roundabout treatments means that citizens of Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee and surrounding counties should become familiar with what a roundabout is, as well as the correct navigation methods. A roundabout is located where two or more roads intersect and encircle a central island. Traffic travels around the circle in the same direction, counter-clockwise. Motorists entering the roundabout must merge into the flow of traffic and yield to automobiles already in the roundabout. You are not required to stop if there is not traffic already in the roundabout. Drivers then depart the circle at their chosen road. Driving through a roundabout is quite simple once you understand the basics:
- First, reduce speed and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks when nearing a roundabout.
- When approaching the yield line, check to your left for traffic currently in the roundabout. These drivers have the right-of-way.
- When there is a gap in the traffic, enter the roundabout. Make sure you keep the crosswalk clear for pedestrians and avoid stopping in the crosswalk.
- Do not pass bicyclists in the roundabout. They are allowed to ride inside it.
- You have the right-of-way after entering the roundabout, but maintain a slow speed and continue to the right.
- Use your right turn signal when approaching the road you wish to exit onto.
- Yield to pedestrians as you exit the roundabout.
Roundabouts are excellent substitutes to traffic lights and stop signs because fewer collisions occur at roundabouts than at the alternative. The Georgia Department of Transportation performed a study that revealed 39 percent fewer collisions occur at roundabouts than at traditional crossings. Drivers are more likely to slow down and pay more attention when approaching roundabouts. In the event of an accident in a roundabout, injuries and fatalities are less likely than in accidents at other intersections where being "t-boned" is a potential hazard. According to studies, auto accidents drop 51 percent when roundabouts are constructed to replace traditional intersections.
In the event that you or someone you know is injured in an auto accident, whether in a roundabout or in any other instance, contacting an experienced Johns Creek injury attorney right away is important. You may have a
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