**UPDATE** NCDOT Roundabout Opening Delayed at The Intersection of Erwin Road and Mt. Moriah Road in Orange County Next Week
Posted 7/22/2014 12:56:21 PM
GREENSBORO— Due to poor weather conditions, N.C. Department of Transportation has postponed the opening of a single-lane roundabout from Wednesday, July 23, now to Friday, July 25, at the intersection of Erwin Road and Mt. Moriah Road in Chapel Hill.
This will be one of more than 100 roundabouts maintained by the department statewide.
The roundabout will be opened to traffic starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday; however construction operations will still be ongoing and drivers can expect delays during high peak traffic times through August.
A roundabout is a circular intersection that channels traffic around a center island without using traffic signals. Because roundabouts allow for continuous flow, they let vehicles pass through the intersection more efficiently than traditional intersections. This not only reduces congestion, but also cuts down on pollution and fuel use. In addition, roundabouts are proven to reduce accidents at intersections without signals by 41 percent.
As roundabouts become more common across the state, NCDOT will continue its efforts to educate motorists about how they work. The department will also install signs providing advance warning of the roundabout along both roads leading to the intersection.
NCDOT reminds motorists to use caution in the area, watch signs for construction information and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.
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