Fenton’s First Roundabout is Open For Business

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Fenton, MI — November 7, 2019

The months of construction at North and Torrey Roads is wrapping up and Fenton has joined a number of other Michigan communities in the roundabout era. Were it not for the cold weather local residents might be tempted to set up lawn chairs and observe as drivers try and figure out the process for navigating through the intersection with no stop signs or traffic lights? Does anyone have a pool going on how soon the first accident might occur?

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Early morning traffic flows around the new roundabout in Fenton, Michigan on November 11th, 2019.

Let’s hope everyone takes some extra care as they approach this new intersection, slow down, and follow the rules. Here is a refresher on the proper way to pilot your way around a traffic circle.

How to Use a Roundabout

MDOT has published a number of help guides to familiarize drivers with the proper use of roundabouts. Here are written instructions and a video that explains the proper use of a roundabout intersection.

Roundabouts are easy to navigate and safer than traditional intersections. Remember, traffic in the roundabout always moves counterclockwise.

  • Choose your lane before entering.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Indicate your exit by using your turn signal.
  • Use signs and pavement markings to help guide you.
Roundabout signage. / Photo Courtesy of MDOT

Alright, you’re ready to give it a go. Load up the family and drive over to the north side of town and give it a try. Remember just watch out for your neighbor and stay safe!