Roseville, Calif.- Beginning early morning Thursday October 16, traffic through the construction zone at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Oak Street will follow a circular flow without traffic signals as part of the next phase of work on the Oak Street Improvement Project.
Delays and backups through the unfinished roundabout area may occur due to other work being done as part of this project. These construction delays and backups are not representative of the improved traffic flow that will occur through the roundabout once the project is completed. The pedestrian crossings in this area are not completed at this point as well.
As in any construction zone, motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with extra care through this area until the project is completed later this year.
Road paving on Lincoln Street and Oak Street will also take place on Monday and Tuesday, October 13-14 as part of the project. Significant travel delays are possible due to the paving work.
The Oak Street Improvement Project consists of the construction of a roundabout at Washington Blvd. and Oak Street; new traffic signals at both Oak & Grant and Oak & Lincoln Streets; Oak Street lane configuration; landscaping improvements; curb/gutter/sidewalk improvements; and a pedestrian mid-blockcrossing of Oak Street aligned with the stairs to Oak Street from the CivicCenter – which will ultimately provide a straight path over a pedestrian bridge crossing Dry Creek and into Royer Park.
Roundabouts are becoming a popular way of calming traffic. They have been successfully used in Europe for decades. They also add character to an area, they provide pedestrian crossings with refuges, accident rates are lower at roundabouts as compared to signalized intersections, and provide better traffic flow.
When approaching a roundabout
– Reduce your speed
– Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists
– Yield to circulating traffic on the left. Be prepared to stop if necessary
Within a roundabout
– Do not stop
– You have the right-of-way over entering traffic
– Always keep to the right of the central island and travel in a counterclockwise direction
Exiting a roundabout
– Maintain a slow speed upon exiting the roundabout
– Always indicate your exit using your right turn signal