Riverton, KS— The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has started a project to build a roundabout at the intersection of US-400 and K-66 (Beasley Road) west of Riverton. KDOT awarded LaForge & Budd Construction Co Inc., Parsons, KS, the contract of approximately $1.8 million to build the roundabout.
A roundabout is a circular intersection in which entering motorists yield the right-of-way to vehicles approaching from the left. Various studies have shown that roundabouts significantly reduce traffic delays and accidents.
According to David Church, chief of the KDOT Bureau of Traffic Engineering, "Roundabouts have been found to reduce driver delays because you don't have to stop, unlike at an intersection controlled by STOP signs or traffic signals, unless you are yielding to another vehicle in the roundabout."
He adds, "A study conducted by Kansas State University of 11 intersections in Kansas found a 65-percent average reduction in delays after roundabouts were installed. As a result, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions are also reduced at roundabouts. At 10 intersections studied in Virginia, the reduction in driver delay resulted in savings of over 200,000 gallons of gasoline per year."
The roundabout is scheduled for completion by mid-November. It will have one driving lane, and will include a median red concrete island and a truck apron.