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MNDOT Study Finds Traffic Safety Increase at Roundabouts

October 31, 2017 07:21 PM

(ABC 6 News)--If you're someone who has to drive through a roundabout often, you're not alone. A recent study found roundabouts are reducing injuries and fatalities in Minnesota.

"It takes a little more effort, it takes a little more area to build it in, but the payoff is safer intersections for everybody and hopefully then you're not touched by a tragic crash," said Mike Dougherty with MnDOT.

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The report by MnDOT found an 86% drop in fatal crashes and an 83% drop in serious injury rates at intersections where roundabouts have been installed.

According to Dougherty the intersection off of 75th street and highway 63 has gone down to single digits since the roundabout was put in.

"With roundabout crashes, you have decreased speed and when you have decreased speed the crashes are minimal compared to what they would be if they are 90 degree angled crashes," said Sergeant Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol.

The study looked at 144 roundabouts in Minnesota-including the roundabout on Fox Valley Drive in Rochester and another over by the RCTC Heintz Center.

The report also stated there still hasn't been a multi-vehicle fatality crash in a Minnesota roundabout.


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