Controlling traffic in a roundabout way

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A roundabout, similar to the one shown here, is scheduled to be constructed at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road North in the summer of 2014, replacing a four-way stop. Courtesy of American Public  Works Association

A roundabout, similar to the one shown here, is scheduled to be constructed at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road North in the summer of 2014, replacing a four-way stop.
(Courtesy of American Public Works Association)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Most times of the day, traffic isn’t too bad at the junction of Chemawa Road North and Verda Lane.

“It flows freely 23 ½ hours a day,” said Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer.

In those other 30 minutes – the 5 to 5:30 p.m. timeframe on weekdays – it’s a different story at the four-way intersection, currently controlled by stop signs.

“The current four-way stop is failing,” Brown said. “The intersection does not meet the needs of the community. The standards for intersections are graded A through E, with E failing. It was rated E.”

Last week, an open house was held at Keizer Civic Center to show a couple of different options for a new roundabout that will be constructed. Work is anticipated to start in the summer of 2014.


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