Raleigh rounds off dual lane roundabout

Roundabout on Hillsborough Street at the Pullen Road in Raleigh
July 30, 2012 5:36:11 AM PDT
The roundabout on Hillsborough Street at the Pullen Road intersection has been the sight of numerous wrecks, but hopefully that will now change.

The twin-ring circle near the NC State University Memorial Belltower has logged more than 100 crashes in 20 months.

The City's senior transportation engineer said there's actually less traffic than they anticipated. However, there are still near misses on a daily basis.

"I think there are definitely some people that struggle with it, though," driver Valerie Schwartz said. "Just earlier this week, I was rounding the loop and there was a truck coming from that direction and came really close, but I had the right of way and he just didn't yield to me."

So, the City of Raleigh decided to reduce the roundabout from two lanes to one. Officials hope it will lower the number of automobile accidents occurring in the traffic circle.

"I'm ok with it being two lanes, but one lane may make it a little bit simpler," driver Randy Avent said. "I don't have any problems with it but in my case, I lived in Massachusetts for 24 years prior to coming here last year and Massachusetts has roundabouts everywhere."

The roundabout was completed in the summer 2010 as part of a street improvement project on Hillsborough Street from Oberlin Road to Gardner Street along NC State's campus.

The weather delayed the project Friday evening. However, crews were able to complete the change overnight Sunday in time for Monday morning commuters.

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