Kernersville roundabout delayed, should open in mid-February

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation said a roundabout being constructed at the intersection of Dobson Street and NC 66/Bodenhamer Street in Kernersville will open in mid-February.

The roundabout was originally scheduled to open by the end of 2013, however weather has caused project delays.

The roundabout in Kernersville will be the 12th one to be built in Forsyth County in recent years, one of more than 100 now being used across the state.

Engineers say roundabouts alleviate congestion during peak travel times and reduce the number of crashes.

“The roundabout forces everyone into the same traffic direction,” said John Rhyne, NCDOT engineer. “Everybody is turning right, making the same movement and it slows the traffic down and reduces the number of conflict points at intersection.”

Rhyne said a 2011 study by the NCDOT showed that crashes at intersections with roundabouts decreased by more than 46 percent and severe crashes dropped by more than 75 percent.

Engineers say not only are they safer, but more efficient.

“It is much more efficient at moving, where as a signal someone is always sitting on red, stopped. In a roundabout all you have to do is yield,” said Rhyne.

The NCDOT says roundabouts typically cost between $200,000 and $400,000 to build, but in the long run they require less maintenance than highly electronic signaled intersections.

5 comments

  • linda patterson

    Go through this one every other week and it is the most screwed up mess, when it finished the police may as well open a station next to it as there will wrecks on top of wrecks, the roundabouts are worthless, just another way to waste tax payers money,

  • FaithC

    I agree with linda. These circles are just an accident waiting to happen. I have been in several down here and it seems as if nobody has any idea who has the right of way. When I had the right of way and the others had a yield sign, they just kept right on gong never looking or yielding.

  • Teresa

    I have to travel through one of these every week to go to class in Kernersville. Dont understand why they are putting them in especially with all the other construction going on with the new exit. Like i want my town to be how it used to be growing up. Too many changes are happening and it’s causing problems.

  • ryan

    Kinda funny they say weather is the cause for delays they have not worked on it since thanksgiving. Now they have been working on piney grove rd since.

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