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City of Colorado Springs / Traffic Engineering / Traffic Operations / Traffic Roundabouts

Traffic Roundabouts

Roundabouts are unsignalized circular intersections designed to maximize safety and minimize traffic delay. Roundabouts have proven particularly effective at intersections with large numbers of left turns. They are also useful in intersections with high entering traffic volumes, at the end of freeway on and off ramps, and particularly at intersections with more than five legs. As of JMarch 2009, the City of Colorado Springs currently has 68 roundabouts, with 10 more planned in future developments.

 
Based on a 2001 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, roundabouts decreased crashes by 39%. Furthermore, injury crashes declined by 76%, and serious injury/fatal crashes dropped by 89%. However, these intersections are only as safe and efficient as their drivers. Therefore, it is important to know how to correctly navigate through a roundabout.
 
For more information contact, Traffic Operations at 719-385-5908 or TrafficEng@springsgov.com.