Conway Comes Full Circle While Helping Environment

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 12:00 am  

Conway has replaced intersections with traffic circles in a number of locations, easing traffic flow while reducing the risk of accidents and also helping the environment by reducing emissions.

In the modern roundabouts developed in the U.K. in the 1960s and adopted here beginning in the 1990s, incoming traffic yields only to existing traffic in the roundabout. Once in, traffic is steady and has full right-of-way until it reaches its desired exit point.

Conway now has 11 roundabouts in operation including those at former major intersections such as Harkrider and Siebenmorgan, Harkrider and Winfield, Washington and Tyler, Siebenmorgan and Bob Courtway, Ott Memorial and Market Plaza, Prince and Western and Bruce and Farris. One more roundabout is under construction and three more are planned as part of the widening of Prince Street in west Conway.

“Roundabouts are now the de facto traffic management solution in Conway,” Townsell said.

He hopes Conway’s adoption of roundabouts as a safer, more efficient traffic manager will lead to other Arkansas cities exploring their use.

“Our experience with roundabouts of all sizes and traffic volumes can assure other cities in the state that roundabouts will work in their cities too,” Townsell said. “And that their citizens will learn to embrace them, even going out of their way to use them, just like the citizens of Conway have. Proliferation of roundabout use across the state would have tremendously beneficial effects on the health and safety of thousands of Arkansans.”



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