City Takes Innovative Approach to Help Citizens Navigate Roundabouts
In preparation for the Hamilton Road Central Widening project, the City of Gahanna is taking an innovative approach to help drivers safely navigate the two roundabouts that will be completed in the Fall of 2017. The interactive display featured on the floor of Gahanna City Hall allows individuals to simulate a driving experience through a roundabout. The 24 ft. by 24 ft. display features visible arrows and written directions on how to enter and exit a roundabout.
"During multiple public engagement meetings, some citizens expressed unfamiliarity with how to properly drive through a roundabout," said Rob Priestas, city engineer for the City of Gahanna.
"We felt that this type of display would offer a more interactive approach to help educate motorists on how to safely navigate a roundabout without having to operate a vehicle. With this approach, we hope to reduce discomfort a driver may feel when entering this type of intersection."
"We know that some drivers avoid routes that include roundabouts, but these might be difficult to avoid since they will be located on one of Gahanna's main thoroughfares, said Dottie Franey, director of public service for the City of Gahanna. "We are working hard to come up with creative ways for making drivers more familiar with roundabouts and, therefore, more comfortable driving them."
The interactive display is expected to remain at City Hall for the duration of the project. Residents are encouraged to stop by and try the display during normal business hours. The Hamilton Road Central project is currently underway and portions of both roundabouts have already been completed.
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. For specific questions contact City Engineer, Rob Priestas at Robert.Priestas@gahanna.gov