Within the last 30 years, the roundabout has become an acceptable alternative to traditional intersections (like traffic signals and stop signs). The roundabout intersection provides several benefits when considering intersection improvements. For example, an existing intersection has a high accident rate but is close to a traffic signal or stop-controlled intersection. A roundabout can provide safety improvements to a closely-spaced intersection by channeling traffic around the central island, and using yield signs to help reduce vehicle wait time. Roundabouts also provide a traffic calming effect along a roadway corridor and aesthetic benefits with landscaping at the island and around the intersection.
The City of Sugar Land has recently been introduced to the roundabouts. The most notable intersection is the multi-lane roundabout at Imperial Boulevard and Stadium Drive (adjacent to Constellation Field). Plus, single lane roundabouts are open at Lexington Boulevard & Oxbow Drive and Commonwealth Boulevard & LJ Parkway. In fact, residents are welcome to refer to the following resources, and learn about driving roundabouts and their unique signs and pavement markings. Also, a children’s activity book is provided as a resource donation from the City of Bend, Oregon.
You are welcome to contact the Public Works Department at 281-275-2450 with further questions about roundabouts.