FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Love them or hate them more roundabouts are coming to Fort Worth.
The “Modern Roundabouts” are described as one way circular intersections designed to slow down traffic to speeds of 25 miles per hour or less.
Officials with the city’s Transportation and Public Works Department say they currently have 14 roundabouts and eight more will be completed and operational in the coming months.
Fort Worth drivers we spoke to had mixed opinions on the growing number of roundabouts in the city.
One driver said, “I think it’s more of a hazard zone.”
Tony Veer a business manager near the intersection of Henderson and White Settlement says he is on board with the plan and likes the one roundabout already built in front of his store.
Veer said, “It’s good for traffic it’s not bad they are improving. So it’s very good.”
City engineers have studied the benefits of the roundabouts and they site national data suggesting roundabouts reduce all types of traffic collisions at intersections by 40 percent.
City officials say the roundabouts cost anywhere between 1.5 to 2 million dollars to build.
The eight “Modern Roundabout” projects currently being planned or constructed are listed below:
- Bonds Ranch Road and Highway 287
- Heritage Trace Parkway Roundabout at Harmon Road and Tehama Ridge
- Mark IV Parkway
- McCart Avenue/McPherson Avenue
- North Riverside Drive
- Randol Mill Road from Loop 820 to Precinct Line Road
- Trinity Boulevard
- Westport Parkway
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