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Roundabout changed to two lanes

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

For Thomas Watt, roundabouts aren't a problem. They're all over his hometown in Scotland.

"I like them, but I see that Americans are still trying to get used to them, because you're not supposed to stop, you're supposed to make the traffic go a little better," he said.

One of the biggest problem areas is at 14th and Superior. It's been open for only a year and more than 100 crashes occurred at that spot.

Lincoln Public Works said they might have found a solution.

"We've basically taken out a lane in each direction to make the roundabout smaller, the roundabout was designed for a future volume of traffic and a traffic volume that's not out there today, so we're able to take away a few lanes," Devin Beisecker said.

The city also put up some fencing in the median. They said it's to limit distractions and hopefully get drivers to do a better job of yielding. All of this, to create fewer decisions for drivers when going around the roundabout.

Switching to two lanes is supposed to be the solution to the problem, but some people think it's just going to make it worse.

 "You're going to have the same amount of cars that were used to three lanes now going to try and get crammed into two lanes," James Howard said.

 "It's just going to take some getting used to, I think everybody got used to the other way," Vanessa Flood said.

The changes cost about $35,000.

Watt said for now it might hold up traffic, but he encouraged everyone to keep an open mind.

"Once they get used to these roundabouts, they'll be nothing, it'll be so common," he said.

 Lincoln Public Works did say that the lines could be easily changed if necessary, but as of now they are hoping to keep the roundabout at two lanes instead of three.

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