Roundabout proposed for Clearwater Junction

SEELEY LAKE – The Montana Department of Transportation Project Team for the Clearwater Junction Intersection met with the public virtually and at an in-person open house Nov. 18 to share and gather feedback on the proposed alternatives, the evaluation process and the proposed solution. Installing a roundabout was the only alternative of the six evaluated that met all five criteria and is the preferred alternative. MDT is now entering the design phase of the project. While the timeframe has not been formalized, construction is not expected to overlap with the Salmon Lake Reconstruction Project....


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ScottRAB writes:

People using the road make mistakes (like speeding, running stop signs and red lights, turning left in front of oncoming traffic), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury. Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world - the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes - (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system - intersections. The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you might need a tow truck, but rarely an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or FHWA for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts.

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