We are trialling small roundabouts to improve safety at a second group of intersections in Dunedin and Mosgiel. These intersections have problems with speed, traffic congestion, pedestrian safety, a confusing or unclear road layout or drivers cutting corners.
Roundabouts will make these intersections safer, as all drivers are required to give way to the right and traffic must slow down. This also makes it safer for pedestrians to cross near the intersection.
The style of roundabout used will depend on the size and layout of the intersection. All roundabouts will be painted on the road and may have flexible bollards around the edge. In smaller intersections, raised rubber platforms will be used so large vehicles can cross over them when they are turning. Standard roundabout give way signs and markings will be installed on each approach to the intersection.
We will monitor how the roundabout is working and may make some further small changes.
When approaching a roundabout, vehicles should slow and give way to the right. Using indicators to show which way you’re travelling is important for other road users.
Eight intersections have been chosen for the second trial:
- Aberdeen – Isadore Roads
- Arthur - Russell Streets
- Church - Wickcliffe Streets, Mosgiel
- David - Thorn Streets
- Dundonald Street – Tainui Road
- Manor Place - Melville Street
- Shetland – Chapman Streets
- Shore Street - Musselburgh Rise
Two intersections were been chosen for the initial trial:
Shetland Street and Nairn Street
We have looked at several options for improving safety at this intersection. Changing the priority was considered, but will not address issues with vehicles cutting the corner.
The small roundabout will make the intersection safer, as all drivers are required to give way to the right and traffic has to slow down. Large vehicles will be able to cross over the painted circle when they are turning, but raised rubber platforms will discourage smaller vehicles from tracking across the roundabout.
Carnforth Street, Boomer Street and Neill Street
The priority was changed to address safety issues at this intersection in late 2015, but some issues remain.
The small roundabout will make the intersection safer, as all drivers are required to give way to the right and traffic has to slow down. The roundabout will be a painted circle on the road, and large vehicles will be able to cross over this when they are turning.
- Frequently asked questions and answers (Link | New window)
- Giving way at roundabouts (NZTA website) (Link to external website | New window)
- Know your way around roundabouts (NZTA website) (Link to external website | New window)
- Road rules - roundabouts (Youtube video) (Link to external website | New window)
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