an effort to improve safety, make travel more efficient and reduce congestion
in Chapel Hill, the N.C. Department of Transportation will construct
a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Erwin Road and Mt. Moriah Road.
This will be one of four roundabouts constructed by NCDOT in Orange
County and one of more than 100 roundabouts maintained by the department
statewide.Construction of the roundabout will begin Monday, March
31, weather permitting, and is expected to be complete by Saturday, Aug. 2. Crews may work from sunrise to sunset Monday
through Saturday, and the roads will remain open to traffic during
construction. Motorists can expect congestion in the vicinity of the work zone
and are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes.A roundabout is a circular intersection that
channels traffic around a center island without using traffic signals. Because
roundabouts allow for continuous flow, they let vehicles pass through the
intersection more efficiently than traditional intersections. This not only
reduces congestion, but also cuts down on pollution and fuel use. In addition, roundabouts
are proven to reduce accidents at unsignalized intersections by 41 percent.As roundabouts become more common across the state,
NCDOT will continue its efforts to educate motorists about how they work. The
department will also install signs providing advance warning of the roundabout
along both roads leading to the intersection.NCDOT reminds motorists to use caution in the area,
watch signs for construction information and allow plenty of time to reach
their destinations safely.For real-time travel information any time, call 511,
visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or
follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then,
bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the
iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.