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Triangle Drivers May Take 'Roundabout' Way To Reach Their Destinations

Posted June 21, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Many Triangle drivers have very little experience with traffic circles or roundabouts. Safety experts say they may want to give them a chance. TheInsurance Institute for Highway Safetysays the circles can be safer than traffic lights.

A traffic circle at the Capital Crossings shopping center gets plenty of business. Traffic planners all over the area like the circles. They say drivers should expect to see more, but it could be a hard sell.

"I don't like it," says driver Marie Wright. "I don't like to go round and round and round. I like a straight shot."

"Well, my wife and I really don't like them," says driver William McLean. "It's just too much congestion there too much motion in that area."

Drivers at the Raleigh shopping center may not be overjoyed with their roundabout. However, residents of a Cary neighborhood love theirs.

In the Wimbleton subdivision, drivers are greeted by a well groomed, tree-lined traffic circle. The circle is seen as the hub for the neighborhood's cross streets.

"I do like it. I guess it keeps you moving faster than an intersection or a stoplight or something like that because you're able to stop and keep going," says driver Lynda Taylor.

Planners are considering traffic circles for Raleigh's Hillsborough Street. Traffic circles are also under construction in Raleigh's Wakefield subdivision and in new developments in Wake Forest.