The new roundabout in Erie County is a circular intersection consisting of a single lane in which traffic flows counterclockwise around a center island. The slightly raised concrete center island is designed for larger trucks and farm equipment to be able to travel on to navigate through. This allows for vehicles of all sizes to be able to use the roundabout. There are no traffic signals or stop signs in the roundabout. Roundabouts allow traffic to flow continually through an intersection eliminating delays and alleviating congestion.
When approaching the roundabout, remember the following:
- Slow down. The roundabout is designed to be driven at a slower speed, 20 MPH or less.
- Yield at the entry. Traffic inside the roundabout has the right-of-way, so entering traffic yields to the vehicles already inside. Once inside the roundabout do not stop.
- Travel the roundabout in a counterclockwise direction. All entry into the roundabout is by a slight right turn, after which travel will be in a counterclockwise direction. Do not turn left to enter into the roundabout.
- Signal a right turn before exiting the roundabout.
- Exit the roundabout, including the approaches with the splitter islands, before pulling over for emergency vehicles.
A modern roundabout encourages drivers to slow down through an entry that is designed to guide the driver to turn slightly before entering the intersection. Warning signs and pavement markings alert the driver to the upcoming intersection. The driver can adjust their speed to enter at available gaps in the circulating traffic. Yield signs and a yield line on the pavement illustrate where to stop if the driver needs to yield to traffic that is already in the roundabout.