Meeting to discuss roundabouts

Staff Report

The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting with property owners to discuss proposed plans to construct a modern roundabout at FM 1626 and Kohlers Crossing in Kyle. The come-and-go meeting will take place from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the South Travis Area Office, located at 9725 South I-35 in Austin.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about modern roundabouts and answer questions from the public.

A modern roundabout is a one-way, circular intersection without traffic signal equipment in which traffic flows around a center island. This intersection design only has eight potential conflict points, opposed to a signalized intersection which has 32 potential conflict points.

There are several benefits of a modern roundabout, which include:

• Up to a 90% reduction in fatalities

• 76% reduction in injury crashes

• 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes

• Advantageous to older and novice drivers

• Reduces the severity of crashes

• 30-50% increase in traffic capacity

• Time savings (less delays experienced due to signal timing)

In any situation, proper signage, pavement markings, and roadway geometry help guide a driver through an intersection.

A second meeting will be scheduled in the city of Kyle, with the date and time to be determined. To learn more about the proposed intersection at FM 1626 and Kohlers Crossing, go to the Austin District Project Studies page, or watch a short demonstration on YouTube.

For media inquiries, contact Kelli Reyna at kelli.reyna@txdot.gov or (512) 832-7060.

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