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Larryfla

Roundabouts in Charlotte

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Last time I was in town, I was pleased to see that there are at least a couple ofroundabouts in Charlotte. Will more be constructed in the future? They are so conducive to an even flow of traffic that they are magnificant. In England some of the roundabouts have beautiful gardens and landscaping in the center part. They had a large one down here in Florida a couple of years ago in Clearwater. It was so confusing and resulted in so many wrecks that it had to be removed.

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The only two I can think of inside of Charlotte are at Davidson and 9th St. and on Selwyn Avenue in between Park Rd. and Woodlawn Rd. There is also one out in Western Mecklenburg at 485.

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The only two I can think of inside of Charlotte are at Davidson and 9th St. and on Selwyn Avenue in between Park Rd. and Woodlawn Rd. There is also one out in Western Mecklenburg at 485.

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There's a few around. There's another off of Wilkinson on Mulberry Church Rd (near Billy Graham Pkwy).

Its my understanding that CDOT will consider them if there is context for it. Don't expect to see large traffic circles though, like you do in the UK. I dont think there will be a proliferation of them in Charlotte. They are ok for traffic flow in low traffic volume situations, but in a real urban setting they are useless because there are another auto-centric design feature that doesn't acknowledge the other modes of tranpsportation that are also using the road.

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There's a few around. There's another off of Wilkinson on Mulberry Church Rd (near Billy Graham Pkwy).

Its my understanding that CDOT will consider them if there is context for it. Don't expect to see large traffic circles though, like you do in the UK. I dont think there will be a proliferation of them in Charlotte. They are ok for traffic flow in low traffic volume situations, but in a real urban setting they are useless because there are another auto-centric design feature that doesn't acknowledge the other modes of tranpsportation that are also using the road.

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Its larger than the others, thats for sure. But its not what I woudl call a "large" traffic circle. It works in that location, and I guess they felt it was the best solution at the time, or may be it was just a test- I don't know.

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I think the little traffic circles they have put in (like on Selwyn) are a complete waste. If you're going do it, do it right and put a large one in that calms traffic and alters the landscape a little bit.

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There are a few I can think of. In the Palisades development near Lake Wylie there is one. There is also one right near there in the Target shopping center on Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 160. The largest one I have seen in terms of size is in Rock Hill between Celanese and Cherry Rd...I forget the name of the roads that intersect there, maybe krazeeboi can help me, but it has a large apartment complex as one of the street turn-offs.

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Well, while not a "public" road, the roundabout on UNCC's campus next to the Fretwell building is very heavily used and is extremely effective at moving traffic and pedestrians. There is also one on the CRI campus and another in University leading to Phase II of the Promenade Shopping Center.

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In February Davidson opened a pair of roundabouts just off Exit 30 along Griffith Street. They were put in place with the intention of more effiencently and quickly getting traffic off I-77 and preventing the ramp from backing up onto the freeway. The area is booming with development as well ... three five story offices, a 5 story Homewood Suites, a 6 story Sheraton, the 7 story Pinnacle condo, various other housing projects, a Harris Teeter shopping center, etc. :thumbsup:

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There are several in the lake area. Two of the first modern types tried in this area are located in Huntersville along Torrence Creek Parkway. There is also a round a bout constructed as a freeway exit on the new section of I-485 near the whitewater center on the west side.

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There is also one in Elizabeth at 8th and Lamar...it's more of a traffic dot than a circle....I can only assume the sad little tree in the middle has been leveled quite a few time by drivers.

Speaking of which, there is a large traffic circle on Brawley School Rd, at The Point subdivision in Iredell County. A couple of years ago, a drunk driver (a resident of The Point, I believe) was seeing how fast they could drive down that relatively straight, wide section of Brawley School. They forgot about the traffic circle striking the center island head one, sending the car into the air and directly through the historic farmhouse in the middle of the circle. It was a true "only happens in the movies" event.

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That round-a-bout is a design that I'd like to see more of around here. Nice and large to slow traffic and incorporate existing landscape features (or the farm house in this case) into it.

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I live only a house away from the Park&Tremont roundabout. It's not that old and overall it's been successful but I am still cut off about once a week by people that don't seem to understand what the Yield sign means :o Growing up on Hilton Head Island I learned early on how to navigate clogged Sea Pines and Coligny Circles and there are several more on the island. Charlotte should build as many as feasibly possible.

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There is a new roundabout that opened a few months ago as a gateway into downtown Concord. While it is technically not in Charlotte it is a fairly major roundabout into the active downtown area of Concord and it has worked extremely well all of the times I've been through there. It is located on Cabarrus Avenue on the south side of downtown.

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I live only a house away from the Park&Tremont roundabout. It's not that old and overall it's been successful but I am still cut off about once a week by people that don't seem to understand what the Yield sign means :o Growing up on Hilton Head Island I learned early on how to navigate clogged Sea Pines and Coligny Circles and there are several more on the island. Charlotte should build as many as feasibly possible.

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There's a few around. There's another off of Wilkinson on Mulberry Church Rd (near Billy Graham Pkwy).

Its my understanding that CDOT will consider them if there is context for it. Don't expect to see large traffic circles though, like you do in the UK. I dont think there will be a proliferation of them in Charlotte. They are ok for traffic flow in low traffic volume situations, but in a real urban setting they are useless because there are another auto-centric design feature that doesn't acknowledge the other modes of tranpsportation that are also using the road.

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Places I can think of off the top of my head where roundabouts would be useful are Wilkerson Blvd. and Remount, Morehead and Tryon area, Independence Blvd. and Sharon or other intersections around there.

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