When 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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