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NCDOT to Build Roundabout at Intersection of Erwin and Mt. Moriah Roads in Chapel Hill

RALEIGH - In 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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM