RALEIGH - After being delayed several weeks due to cold, wet weather, the new roundabout at Dobson Street and N.C. 66/Bodenhamer Street in Kernersville opened to traffic early this morning. Crews will lay the final asphalt surface in the spring, when temperatures are warm enough to allow the asphalt to set properly.
The N.C. Department of Transportation constructed the roundabout to improve safety and mobility in Kernersville. The single-lane roundabout is expected to reduce congestion and make travel through this busy intersection safer and more efficient. The project cost approximately $380,000 and was funded with economic development money.
Over the next few weeks, crews will clean up the work area and put the finishing touches on the roundabout. This will require frequent flagging operations and occasional lane closures, which will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays. Motorists are encouraged to stay alert and watch signs in the vicinity of the roundabout for information.
This will be one of 16 roundabouts constructed by NCDOT in Forsyth County and one of more than 100 roundabouts maintained by the department statewide. In addition to effectively reducing congestion at intersections, roundabouts have also proven to be a safer solution than traffic signals. Statewide studies show that replacing existing unsignalized intersections with roundabouts reduces accidents by 41 percent and replacing signalized intersections with roundabouts reduces accidents by 76 percent.
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