(July 20, 2016) Drivers will soon discover a new way to get a ‘round’ Frisco. The city’s first multi-lane roundabout, located at Gaylord Parkway and John Hickman Parkway, will debut at The Star.
“As you make plans to attend the August 27 grand opening event for The Ford Center at The Star, take time to familiarize yourself with modern roundabouts,” said Mayor Maher Maso, City of Frisco. “We’ve produced a video so drivers know what to expect when the roundabout opens.”
Traffic engineers say modern roundabouts are designed to save time while improving drivers’ safety.
“Roundabouts are much safer than intersections when you compare injury collisions involving both,” said Brian Moen, Assistant Director of Engineering Services / Transportation.
“Accidents inside roundabouts involve slower speeds and side-swipe collisions, which usually result in fewer people getting hurt and (or) reduced property damage.”
Traffic engineers share the following ‘rules of the road’ for drivers maneuvering modern roundabouts:
- Choose your lane before entering the roundabout.
- Keep left to turn left; keep right to turn right.
- Notice signs and pavement markings.
- Don’t change lanes inside the roundabout.
- Yield to circulating traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Exit the roundabout for emergency vehicles. Do not stop inside the roundabout.
“You cannot change lanes inside the roundabout,” said Moen. “That’s why it’s important to make your lane selection before you enter the roundabout.”
First responders also need drivers to continue to be mindful of emergency vehicles but do not stop inside a roundabout for sirens and flashing lights.
“We advise drivers to ‘move to the right for sirens and lights’,” said Battalion Chief Paul Henley, Frisco Fire Department.
“But if drivers are already inside the roundabout, we’re advising them to exit the roundabout and then pull to the right safely so the emergency vehicle can pass.”
City staff says at least three more multi-lane roundabouts are planned for the neighboring Frisco Station development. Another modern roundabout will open at Teel and Rockhill Parkways later this summer. Recently city staff secured a federal grant to cover construction costs for a multi-lane roundabout at Warren Parkway and Ohio Drive. Staff estimates it will be at least 18 months before the Warren-Ohio project is complete.