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Branson drivers will soon be driving in circles as the city adds its first roundabout intersection. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.
Drivers in the Branson area will be soon traveling in a roundabout way.
Branson's first roundabout intersection is scheduled to open Saturday, (April 1st) and will serve as the main entrance to Branson Landing on the east side of town.
It's located on the former Business 65 near Skaggs Community Health Center.
David Miller is the city engineer for Branson and says the new roundabout eliminates the need for a traffic signal.
Branson's first roundabout has two lanes to accommodate large trucks.
Miller says roundabouts are common in many cities across the country, but signs will be posted to instruct drivers how to use the new intersection.
He says roundabouts are safer and faster compared to traffic signals.
David Miller says the City of Branson is planning to add three more roundabouts in the near future.
How to Drive a Roundabout
• As you approach a roundabout there will be a YIELD sign and dashed yield limit line. Slow down, watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, and be prepared to stop if necessary.
• When you enter, yield to circulating traffic on the left, but do not stop if the way is clear.
• A conventional roundabout will have ONE-WAY signs mounted in the center island. They help guide traffic and indicate that you must drive to the right of the center island.
• Upon passing the street prior to your exit, turn on your right turn signal and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists as you exit.
• Left turns are completed by traveling around the central island.