Pavement Marking Changes Coming to the West 14th Roundabout
Marking and signing changes to enhance safety
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Monday, July 14, 2014) – This week motorists who pass through the Greater Cleveland area's only multi-lane roundabout at West 14th Street in Tremont will experience a change in traffic control. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be implementing changes in the signing and pavement marking on all approaches and within the roundabout itself. These are intended to improve operation and enhance safety.
Overnight Wednesday, July 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, July 17, crews will be working on these improvements to the West 14th Street roundabout. Crews expect temporary closures of the roundabout for this work during this timeframe. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
Major changes will include new lane assignments on the I-71 northbound and Quigley Road westbound approaches. At the I-71 approach, two lanes will be permitted to "turn left" and proceed to West 14th Street northbound instead of only the far left. At Quigley Road westbound, the curb lane will be converted to a right-turn-only lane to reach West 14th Street northbound.
The roundabout will also experience a "makeover" of sorts as the pavement markings are widened for better visibility. "Strong" dotted lines will be provided inside the roundabout. These are a newer form of dotted line pavement marking that recent research has shown clarifies what movements are permitted on the circulating lanes inside roundabouts. Lane-use markings will be improved to "fish-hook" style lane arrows to provide approaching drivers with lane markings that are visually more comparable to the actual physical movements.
Drivers should not be intimidated by driving a multi-lane roundabout. A roundabout is very similar to a conventional intersection. Motorists must select their appropriate lane on entering based on their intended destination and the movements permitted from each entering lane as assigned by lane-control signage. Once inside the roundabout, drivers are not permitted to change lanes while circulating; they must stay in their chosen lane until exiting the roundabout. Some motorists entering the roundabout mistakenly believe that only the outside lane may exit; BOTH lanes may exit when permitted by the traffic control devices at the roundabout. Furthermore entering drivers must yield to ALL lanes circulating inside the roundabout (not just the outer lane), since inner lanes may also be permitted to exit departing legs of the roundabout. The same rules apply to cyclists using the travel lanes of West 14th Street and Quigley Road when traversing the roundabout.
All drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing within marked crosswalks on the approach and exiting legs of the roundabout. It is especially important for drivers to anticipate the possibility of yielding to pedestrians when exiting a roundabout. Pedestrians must use only marked crosswalks when traveling through the roundabout.
The changes come as the result of a comprehensive operational and safety evaluation performed by the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), the City of Cleveland and ODOT. That study also considered whether the intersection could be re-striped as a single-lane roundabout, but the turning movements were found to be too heavy during rush hours to allow such a change.
NOACA’s website provides excellent reference for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians on how to use modern roundabouts, including a video animation of how drivers can safely travel through the roundabout.
The below figure shows the updated pavement markings at the West 14th Street roundabout.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us