Roundabouts - A Way of Life In Sedona

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construction on 179When Arizona Department of Transportation decided to improve SR 179, the decision to put traffic circles or roundabouts became a very local issue. Citizens were split. There were many meetings to decide the best course of action. The decision was finalized and twelve roundabouts were put in.  Currently there is another roundabout being added where there is a dangerous intersection near Tlaquepaque on a road that feeds the SR 89A to SR 179.  

Most Drivers Have Experience With Traffic Circles

Drivers who understand how the flow works in a traffic circle do a great job of keeping the traffic moving. The idea is to find an opening in the circle and move in. For those who have not navigated a roundabout, there is no need to come to a complete stop if there is no reason to yield to traffic.  If there is no vehicle moving toward your position, and it is safe to do so, proceed with caution without making a stop. 

One of the arguments for the use of traffic circles is that they are safer. All vehicles approaching a traffic circle must slow down to navigate the circle. At a traditional  intersection, head on and t-bone accidents are a true risk that is lessened by the approach of the circle. 

Below is a quick video to help those understand how to use a traffic circle or roundabout. 







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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri- we first encountered roundabouts when we drove in DC!  We have some around our area and I cannot tell you how many times I've almost been hit by someone. I need to show them this video!!!

May 20, 2018 04:46 PM #3
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - we have many roundabouts in our town of Bend, Oregon. And most have wonderful art in the center. The locals know how to work these, but our town swells by up to 20,000 tourists at a time during the summer and roundabout confusion becomes a problem keeping traffic flowing when we are in tourist season.

May 20, 2018 04:46 PM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE have these here in Minnesota.  We find that they work good at intersections that are not overly busy.  I personally like them

May 20, 2018 06:21 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

They do keep the traffic moving and lessen congestion if you know who has the right of way. Good post topic, Sheri.

May 20, 2018 07:25 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri having lived in CT, MA and NY we had a different name for them:)) These traffic circles or roundabouts in the rest of the US are referred to as "rotaries" in Massachusetts, as well as other parts of New England including parts of Connecticut, New Hampshire & Vermont.

May 20, 2018 07:25 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

We have two in our town.  Most people hate them.  They are the way things are going, so get to like them or stay at home.... 

May 21, 2018 03:43 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Roundabouts can be confusing for out of town drivers who are not used to them.

May 21, 2018 03:47 AM #9
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheri, we have a few around here and they seem to confuse people. The video really does a great job showing just how easy it is to navigate a roundabout. 

May 21, 2018 04:23 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, we are seeing more and more roundabouts around the Denver metro area also.  Cities must have determined they are safer than lights or stop signs.

May 21, 2018 05:05 AM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Roudabouts are something we deal with every day going in and out of our neighborhood. They used to cripple my mom with fear.  I never understood.  They are great for traffic flow.


May 21, 2018 08:03 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those roundabouts drive me crazy, haha, probably the only thing that I don't like about Sedona.

May 21, 2018 04:13 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is certainly important information to share with area residents and visitors.

May 22, 2018 06:30 AM #14
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

We do not have to many in Philly but we call them circles  Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  they always stress me out  . Most likely because there are not many of them . Love your video

May 22, 2018 01:47 PM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - We have new round-abouts in Flower Mound too.

Your views of the city are absolutely beautiful! It is good to see infrastructural changes that takes into account driver and pedestrian safety. 

May 22, 2018 01:55 PM #16
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Sheri.  This must be a trend nationally as we have many more roundabouts in my area as compared to a few years ago.

May 23, 2018 03:52 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bend, Oregon, where my son lives, is filled with round-abouts, we like them. They work well when every driver "gets it."  Washougal just added some to help with traffic flow - and Camas even has one. Ha. They work to prevent backups. ( A backup here - four or five cars - hahaha) 

May 23, 2018 07:19 AM #18
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Sheri,

I do remember this round about next to your office ;o)

I think round abouts are a pain in the butt and also a great way of controlling speeding traffic.

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May 24, 2018 07:18 AM #19
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

How interesting, Sheri... our counties have been adding quite a few of these in recent years, as well. Supposedly they control traffic flow better and in some areas where we always had back-ups I do see an improvement. It's a matter of getting used to them.

May 25, 2018 02:01 PM #20
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

We call them roundabouts here in Charlotte as well and they are located all over the Metro region, Sheri. 

They are, indeed, a better way to manage traffic and I do agree they are safer as well. 

May 25, 2018 09:34 PM #21
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I sometimes think they are put in areas because there must have been federal or state available..not because they were needed especially if they are poorly lit !

May 30, 2018 06:03 AM #22
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