City approval of more round-a-bouts leaves residents concerned

POSTED: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 5:21pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

WACO -- Waco City Council approved construction of more round-a-bouts around the city.

Leaving some people are worried because those round-a-bouts can be difficult to navigate.

A lot of the people we asked today about round-a-bouts had never heard of them before the one on Austin Ave. and 19th St.

"No, not a round a bout," said Debbie McElveen.

Chances are you've driven on one in Waco. They're like traffic circles, and the city is about to add more.

"They're very nice ways of calming traffic that maybe needs to be slowed but not stopped throughout a particular part of a residential area," said Waco Spokesperson, Larry Holze.

Officials plan to start putting in portable round-a-bouts in some areas to see how drivers react before building permanent ones, but everyone we spoke to in the residential area says no to the plan.

They say the round-a-bouts are confusing and dangerous.

"There's no stopping. People just shoot them right by," said McElveen. "I prefer the old fashion stop. I mean, you see the red, you stop. Circles like that, you don't know what to do with them," McElveen explained.

If you look down at the median near the circle, black tire marks are signs of drivers hitting it. Residents say drivers approach it, and end up driving over it instead of stopping.

The city sees problems with round-a-bouts like the one on Austin Ave., too.

That's why they plan to fix it by making the center circle more noticeable and by adding more warning features to new ones.

So, in the next few months, expect to be driving up on more and more of these intersections.

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