ODOT holds event at Jeep Parkway and
Interstate 75 roundabout in recognition of National Roundabouts Week, Sept.
Use of roundabouts
as interstate connectors highlighted
BOWLING GREEN (Monday, Sept. 16, 2019)
– At one time, the roundabout was an odd road configuration in the
countryside of Europe. But now it’s here, and not just at rural intersections
or at suburban locations. It’s become a method of connecting interstates with
This is National Roundabouts Week. In
recognition of the significant impact roundabouts have on traffic safety,
officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) held an event today
at one of the newest roundabouts in northwest Ohio, located at Jeep Parkway and
Interstate 75, north of Interstate 475, in Toledo.
The dog bone, double roundabout was the
first location in northwest Ohio to connect a local road with an interstate.
Located next to the Overland Industrial Park, the Jeep Parkway roundabout was
opened to traffic in 2018 and was part of a larger project which reconstructed
and widened I-75 from Detroit Avenue and Lagrange Street.
“The roundabout is no longer a little-used
intersection treatment. It is now a top consideration when we look to improve
safety and efficiency at certain locations,” said Pat McColley, Ohio Department
of Transportation District 2 deputy director.
The Jeep location was ideal for a
roundabout because of the need to adjust to varying traffic volumes and to
accommodate pedestrians. “The Jeep roundabouts will accommodate a shift change
more efficiently than a traditional signalized intersection,” said Chris
Waterfield, traffic engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation District
Several examples of roundabouts as
interstate connectors are in operation or planned in northwest Ohio. This
summer, the double roundabout interchange at Wooster Street with Interstate 75
in Bowling Green opened to traffic. The interchange serves as the gateway to
the city, to Bowling Green State University, and is the first of what will be a
corridor of roundabouts through the city.
A double roundabout on Lima Avenue in
Findlay, the first in Hancock County, will open to traffic in December. The
roundabout will connect I-75 to Lima Avenue and to U.S. 68/state Route 15. A
double roundabout to connect I-475 with Dorr Street in Toledo is scheduled for
completion in 2021.
In recent years as transportation
officials searched for better solutions at high-crash locations, the somewhat
foreign concept of a roundabout began to surface. “A roundabout is one of those
tools where 20 years ago we would have only considered a four-way stop or a
signal,” said Waterfield.
Transportation officials understand the
roundabout concept seems drastic and unnecessary to some drivers. “With
approximately a quarter of all traffic fatalities occurring at intersections,
Ohio, like other states, is looking to get better results from our efforts to
improve safety at intersections. We are implementing roundabouts statewide
because they are exponentially safer, which is our goal,” said Chris Hughes,
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
- According to
information provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal
Highway Administration, roundabouts hold several advantages over
- Eliminate angle and high-speed crashes.
- Reduce severe crashes by more than 80% versus a
two-way, stop-controlled intersection.
- Reduce severe crashes by more than 75% versus a
- Reduce the number of traffic conflict points.
- Can adjust to fluctuations in traffic volumes and
improve traffic flow.
- When used at interstate interchanges, roundabouts
greatly reduce the possibility of traffic entering the wrong way.
- Accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
- Are less costly to maintain.
- Reduce emissions and fuel consumption due to less
vehicle idling and sudden stops.
For more information regarding
roundabouts, view a video
produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway
Links to specific roundabouts as
interstate connectors in operation or planned in northwest Ohio:
Future Lima Avenue roundabout, Findlay:
Future roundabout, Dorr Street and
Roundabout in operation at Wooster Street
and I-75, Bowling Green
Roundabout in operation, Jeep Parkway and I-75,
Learn some of the common
misunderstandings regarding roundabouts in ODOT’s Myth Busters series on social
media during #RoundaboutsWeek, Sept. 16-20:
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movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $3 billion per year
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