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Officials analyze roundabout at 14th & Superior

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By: Brittany Paris

Public Works and people who travel the area often say many crashes are caused by drivers who don't yield before entering the roundabout.

Lincoln has dozens of roundabouts. They were put in to save money and keep traffic moving.

"We've actually in almost all our roundabouts seen a significant reduction in the number of crashes," Thomas Shafer, Design and Construction Manager for Public Works, said.

Except at the roundabout at 14th and Superior. It opened in August of 2012. Since then, 111 crashes have happened.

The three land roundabout is the biggest and that's because it sees the most traffic. Some drivers we spoke with said they're scared when they're driving in it.

"It's cause you never know if the person knows what they're doing," Candace Pence, Lincoln, said.

"A lot of people don't understand the point of yielding before going through the circle," Micheline Henning, Lincoln, said.

Shafter agrees.

"Main thing we're seeing is drivers failing to yield. It makes up about 60 percent of crashes here," he said.

Shafer said they've hired a roundabout expert to help improve 14th and Superior's roundabout performance. That could mean engineering changes, enforcement strategies, education efforts or a combination of all three.

But until they find a solution there, a proposed roundabout to improve traffic flow at 14th, Warlick and Old Cheney is being put on hold.

On Tuesday, the mayor said a few changes to the area will be made, but a review of roundabout safety and performance is delaying a more permanent solution.

"That's going to be a significant investment," Shafer said. "We want to make sure we do that right. That any lessons we learn up here, we want to be implementing them down there and be sure that it's going to be effective down there."

The review of the roundabout is expected to be done by September. Public Works will then decide how to improve the intersection.

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