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Lincoln Public Works plans changes to roundabout

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

The roundabout at 14th and Superior opened only a year ago. Since then, 112 crashes have been reported. 45 percent of those involved drivers under the age of 30.

"That's telling us they're the ones that are having the most trouble with this intersection, so we're going to reach out to them and try to hopefully see a reduction in those figures,"  Lincoln Public Works Engineering Servicing manager Thomas Shafer said.

Lincoln Public works hopes to educate drivers on the correct way to use the roundabout by reaching out to local schools and parents.

"We don't want folks looking across the intersection and seeing somebody come in and trying to make the judgment off of that, we want them to look just and only to the left," Shafer said.

Shafer also suggested drivers to yield to other cars entering the roundabout.

In the next few weeks Lincoln Public Works plans to make lane and sight changes.

"We're going to cut down on the number of lanes out there which means folks have less to contend with, less decisions to be made. In the median there will be some fencing added to help restrict sight distance so folks are making the judgment of when to enter the roundabout at the appropriate time," Shafer said.

Shafer said this may help cut back on the number of fender benders at 14th and Superior.

These changes may not be permanent. Lincoln Public Works plans to study whether or not the lane and sight restrictions affect the number of crashes, and they said they'll have that information in the next four to six months.

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