Roundabout design not to blame for fatal wreck

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  • David Jackson

    We certainly cannot modify human behavior, but why can’t we develope cost-effective roundabout collision buffers?-I dunno-maybe dense foliage, hedges or much more emphasis on night visibility (multiple reflective signs/improved lighting)….I am just as concerned over the near misses that people I know have experienced at that 96th and Westfield roundabout as the passing here of a good friend who made a bad decision.

  • concerned carmelite

    That is 2 fatalities now at this intersection versus none before it was a roundabout. It is very poorly lit and marked. Same with Hazel Dell fatalities. Regardless of the excuses the Mayor makes the facts are counter to his “roundabouts are safer”. Accidents have gone up at roundabout intersections and fatalities also.

  • concerned citizen

    Mr. Aasen, the premise of this article is flat out wrong. The article suggests you did not ask for any opinions other than that of Mayor Brainard. And the title suggests Brandard’s opinion, which you apparently share, is fact. Check out Chapter 49 of INDOT’s design manual. Talk to a professional engineer with any experience in road design, preferably someone not employed by the City or one of its vendors. This is not about roundabouts versus signalized intersections. It is about placing large objects such as decorative concrete walls or blocks in the middle of the circle where they can be impacted by an errant vehicle.

    Accidents can and will happen. It is impossible to design for every single accident scenario. All one can do is follow current best practice. By not following best practice the City has exposed itself to serious liability. Someone already pointed out this was the second fatal accident at the same relatively new intersection. These tragedies indicate a very serious problem.

    While I do enjoy the art and landscaping around the City’s many intersections, the City must still adhere to the basic design elements of roadside safety.

    • ScottRAB

      While I agree that design of the central island is important, I can’t agree that there is a serious problem. What is the crash rate? You would have to know how many people use the intersection on a daily basis to determine the crash rate, and then compare it to other intersections to determine if the crash rate at this location is an anomaly.

  • RKW50

    Perhaps a flashing yellow light at these more dangerous less lit roundabouts?