The Town of Friday Harbor will install the markings for a roundabout at the intersection of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue before Memorial Day. Large trucks will still be able to make a left turn from Spring Street onto Argyle Avenue since the markings will be flat.
Town Administrator Duncan Wilson first saw painted roundabouts when he was on vacation in Ireland and realized it would work in Friday Harbor. A regular roundabout with a built up center wouldn't was unworkable because it would require taking space from Wells Fargo and The Little Store.
Yield signs will be placed at the three entrances to the roundabout - two on Spring Street and one on Argyle. The crosswalk from Wells Fargo to The Little Store will be removed and one will be placed from Ace Hardware to Wells Fargo. Another crosswalk will be installed from Ace Hardware to the Little Store. The biggest change will be the extension of the crosswalk across the front of The Little Store. The portion shown behind the black bar in the illustration will either be a sidewalk or will be separated from the street by a curb.
The Town will hold an Open House close to the opening of the roundabout.
Scott Batson Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:56 Comment Link
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world - the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes - (much more so than comparable signals). Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA.Report
Mini-roundabouts are less common in North America, but frequently used in the UK. Their footprint is smaller, making them suitable for retrofit situations with right of way constraints (and lower cost). They are also commonly used where truck U-turns are not needed, so achieve all the safety benefits of compact modern roundabouts at a much lower cost. They are all truck apron, and in the UK are sometimes just paint on the road. Mini-roundabouts examples:
Fayetteville, AR: https://www.facebook.com/lee.p.porter/posts/10158191810905055
San Buenaventura, CA: http://tinyurl.com/sbv-ca-mini
Jefferson, GA: SR 124 and SR 11: https://goo.gl/maps/heUYhFzDusP2
Turin, GA: https://goo.gl/maps/8Ec3jdaHeK22
Bel Air, MD, Tollgate & MacPhail (see 2:08): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KLbr1awEbk
Dimondale, MI: http://tinyurl.com/dimondale-mi-mini
Ypsilanti, MI, Textile-Stony Creek: https://goo.gl/maps/JocfG1cVutr
Shakopee, MN, Vierling and CH 79: https://goo.gl/maps/jiPgUyP1rMw
NW 12th and N Jefferson, Ava, MO: http://www.douglascountyherald.com/2016/05/avas-new-roundabout-in-place/
sam Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:21 Comment Link
it could be a great idea if everyone would be willing to, or required to watch a wa state generated instructional video on how to Properly Use a roundabout.. so it does not become an inside outabout.. like the one by the ferry, that has it's own rules..Report
Sam jones Wednesday, 14 February 2018 07:37 Comment Link
Stupid idea not room for it there. Will have to have cop there because accidents are going to increase. You have good system there now why screw with it.it . put that money into street repairs,retirement home,assisted living for island people.Report