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US 41 Roundabouts from 10th Street to 14th Street in Sarasota County

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US 41 Roundabout

Question: What is the difference between a roundabout and a traffic circle?
Answer: Traffic circles are much larger than a roundabout and often have stop signs or signals within the circular intersection. Roundabouts are smaller and vehicles have to yield before entering. Roundabouts typically operate at relatively low speeds (<25 MPH) while traffic circles allow higher speeds (> 25 MPH). Roundabouts restrict pedestrians from entering the central island while some traffic circles allow pedestrians to cross to and from the central island.

Question: How do I drive in a multi-lane roundabout?
Answer: Reduce your speed to 10-15 mph as you approach the roundabout; follow signs and pavement markings to determine the lane(s) that will serve your destination; look left for oncoming traffic (traffic moves counter-clockwise); yield to vehicles already in the roundabout and wait for a gap to enter. Once you have entered, do not stop in the roundabout; do not pass other vehicles; use your turn signal to exit the roundabout to the right; yield to pedestrians crossing the exit lane and allow emergency vehicles to pass.

Question: How should drivers yield to emergency vehicles?
Answer: If you have not entered the roundabout, pull over to the right and allow the emergency vehicle to pass. If you have already entered the roundabout, continue to the closest exit and pull over once you are beyond the splitter island to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. Never stop in a roundabout.

Question: Should I stop inside the roundabout to let someone in?
Answer: You should not stop after crossing the yield line and are actually in the roundabout circle. However, you may slow down so a safe gap becomes more obvious to the driver wanting to enter the roundabout.

Question: How are pedestrians accommodated in a roundabout?
Answer: Pedestrians use marked crosswalks between the splitter islands that separate the roundabout approach and exit lanes. The splitter island serves as a pedestrian refuge between the crosswalks and allows pedestrians to focus on crossing one direction of traffic at a time.

Question: What about visually impaired pedestrians?
Answer: Roundabouts are generally considered an advantage to the visually impaired because they can only cross one direction of traffic at a time and they can more easily distinguish between the vehicle noises. Also, the slower vehicle speeds at roundabouts make them generally safer for all pedestrians.

Question: How are bicyclists accommodated in a roundabout?
Answer: Bicyclists may share the roadway with vehicles or dismount and use the sidewalk and crosswalk system to navigate through the roundabout.

Question: How will large trucks be accommodated?
Answer: Roundabouts are designed to accommodate the turning movements of a tractor trailer rig. To accommodate the sweep of the trailer wheels as it makes its way through the roundabout, a truck apron is constructed around the inside of the circulating roadway. The apron is made of a different material or is colored differently in order to distinguish it from the circulating roadway and make it clear the truck apron is not intended to be driven on by smaller vehicles.

Question: Who do I call if I have a question or concern about the project?
Answer: Contact our Community Outreach Team
Alice Ramos, Community Outreach Specialist at 863-797-7202, alice.ramos@dot.state.fl.us
All media inquiries should be directed to Zachary Burch, FDOT Government Affairs & Communications Manager at 239-225-1950, zachary.burch@dot.state.fl.us