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Posted on: September 6, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Roundabouts Don't Have To Be Scary

New stripes, new signals and changes are happening all the time in Opelika as we continue to grow as a community and the transportation system evolves and changes. Be on the lookout for these differences around construction and maintenance operations on the roadway and new intersections.

As you have seen, the roundabout at Auburn Street and ML King Boulevard is complete and we are in the process of constructing our second roundabout at Enterprise and Interstate in Tiger Town.


Auburn Street Roundabout  Tiger Town Roundabout


Driving single-lane roundabouts

Navigating a single-lane roundabout is not difficult. See diagram and explanation below to better understand how to drive and cross at a roundabout.


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As you approach a roundabout, you will see a yellow "roundabout ahead" sign with an advisory speed limit for the roundabout.

Slow down as you approach the roundabout, and watch for pedestrian.

Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.

Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.

Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout.

If you are not completely aware of your surroundings when you are driving, be cautious and look for signs indicating speeds, directions and crossings. For more information on roundabouts, contact the Engineering Department at 334-705-5450.

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