'Mini-roundabout' could make debut in Shakopee

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2012 - 2:38 PM

The city may experiment with a new approach to avoiding needless traffic stops.

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jackpinesavFeb. 15, 12 7:28 AM

Oops...put that in and half of the morning coffee crew couldn't get there... and then who would solve the world problems...in 5 minutes?

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GreenwellFeb. 15, 1210:42 AM

Check out the traffic circle in Forest Lake before you think these things are the answer. Park your car and stand and watch the confusion and near-misses for a half-hour or so. It's a real circus and great entertainment. The brain trust in Forest Lake should sell tickets to see this.

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moron100Feb. 15, 12 2:47 PM

Just say NO to the mini-roundabout. if you want it make it big enough to handle traffic. they dont work for busy intersections.

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MorgFeb. 15, 12 4:45 PM

Maybe some day MN drivers will become aware of the concept of "yielding". It's amazing how many people don't even so much as glance to their left to see if anyone who has the right of way is approaching. While people are slowly catching on as they become more common, people still boil down to basically two groups: those above, who just blow through regardless of right-of-way, and those who don't have a clue and panic and stop in the middle when they see someone approaching from the right. All of this said, roundabouts are still safer than regular intersections. I have a question for this type though: will they be raised enough that cars will not be tempted to just blow straight through like trucks will? That would be a recipe for trouble.

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halfabubbleFeb. 16, 12 1:45 AM

As if the round-about was a good idea in the first place, they now come up with an even worse design. I refuse to use round-abouts. I have purposely avoided driving down some streets because of them and will continue to avoid them, even if it means I have to drive through a residential neighborhood. I've been nearly hit every time I've used one because some idiot can't learn to look and yield before entering. There are enough clueless drivers texting, talking on the phone, paying attention to the GPS, etc. that we don't need something even worse and our government officials have discovered it and want to put it in place.

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copper88Feb. 16, 12 9:04 AM

I refuse to use round-abouts because I can't bear the stress of figuring them out.

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bobbybrianFeb. 16, 12 1:46 PM

They are asking for trouble by putting a round-about at this intersection, and a "mini" one will only make it worse. As stated in the article, it's a very busy intersection, and there are a LOT of kids walking to and from the junior and senior high in the area. Pedestrians won't stand a chance. If this goes through, I predict fatalities.

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breezybeeFeb. 16, 12 2:43 PM

I live less than a mile from this intersection. Cty Road 79 is one lane each direction and Vierling is 2 lanes each direction. It only gets backed up on 79, while Vierling flows pretty smoothly. Yet it still amazes me the number of people that don't know how to correctly use the four-way stop as it is now. A mini-roundabout would be a disaster in that location! I say leave it as it is or put an actual traffic light there.

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penguinjoFeb. 17, 12 8:57 AM

I understand buses & trucks "blowing through" the slightly raised center, but how exactly do left turns work on these "mini" roundabouts?

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sktr77Feb. 18, 12 1:52 PM

"penguinjo" -- Simple. If you are at the 6 o'clock position, enter circle driving counter clockwise and enter the road at the 9 o'clock position, which would be like turning left.

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