Officials analyze roundabout at 14th & Superior - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Officials analyze roundabout at 14th & Superior

Posted: Updated:

By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

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.

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Car crash sends four to hospital

    Car crash sends four to hospital

    Car crash sends four to hospital

    Multiple rescue crews were called to a two-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital.More >>
    Multiple rescue crews were called to a two-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital.More >>
  • Free Easter meal draws hundreds

    Free Easter meal draws hundreds

    Free Easter meal draws hundreds

    The 31st annual daVinci's Easter meal drew hundreds of people from across the community.More >>
    The 31st annual daVinci's Easter meal drew hundreds of people from across the community.More >>
  • 9-year-old dead after being run over by construction machine

    9-year-old dead after being run over by construction machine

    9-year-old dead after being run over by construction machine

    A 9-year-old Ashland boy is dead after being accidentally run over by a Bobcat construction machine.More >>
    A 9-year-old Ashland boy is dead after being accidentally run over by a Bobcat construction machine.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.