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Houze/Hembree Roundabout: Next Steps

Houze_Hembree-Roundabout-400x400Over the past 18 months, drivers have noticed a significant change happening at the intersection of Houze Road and Hembree Road in Roswell. To improve safety and relieve congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been transforming this standard, signalized intersection to what will eventually be a two-lane roundabout.

Construction on the project has moved steadily forward, although some delays have occurred due to more frequent rainfall this summer. However, the intersection is now very close to functioning as a roundabout.

Here is what drivers can anticipate seeing in the coming days and weeks:

• Paving and Concrete Islands
: GDOT contractors will be adding new pavement and concrete islands to the new roundabout through mid-August, weather permitting.

• One-Lane Roundabout Before Two-Lane Roundabout: Before the intersection transitions to its final configuration as a two-lane roundabout later this year, it will first be set up as a one-lane roundabout. This is expected to happen ON SATURDAY, AUG. 19, AT APPROXIMATELY 10 A.M. Drivers can expect to see contractors removing the traffic signal at this intersection, and then they will reorganize the intersection as a one-lane roundabout.

During this time motorists are strongly encouraged to use caution while traveling through the intersection as new traffic patterns will be going into effect.

• Expect Delays: Construction work will be done during daylight hours, but drivers should expect some delays while paving and concrete work continues over the next several days and weeks. Although there will be no road closures, flaggers may be on site to direct traffic through the work zone.

• Two-Lane Roundabout By End of the Year: Work on the roundabout will continue into the autumn, as contractors complete the second lane and the road approaches. The two-lane version of the roundabout is expected to open later this year.

• Trail Enhancements: The project also includes a multi-use trail on the south side of Hembree Road that will connect with the existing trail near Upper Hembree Road.

Once completed, the Houze/Hembree Roundabout will be one of the first multi-lane roundabouts on a state route in Georgia. The construction cost for the Houze/Hembree Roundabout is approximately $4.4 million and was funded by GDOT. The City of Roswell contributed $353,500 toward preliminary engineering and design and right-of-way acquisition.

How to Navigate Roundabouts

A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection that reduces traffic congestion, while maximizing safety for all road users. Roswell’s first roundabout—a one-lane roundabout—was completed in 2012 at Grimes Bridge Road and Norcross Street/Warsaw Road and has been very successful. The Houze/Hembree Roundabout will be the first two-lane roundabout on a state road.

Roundabouts are new for many drivers, but following some basic steps will help you safely navigate them.

To safely navigate the one-lane roundabout, motorists should:

--Take it Slow! Slow down as you approach the roundabout, and yield to pedestrians.
--Yield to circulating traffic before entering the roundabout.
--Do not stop in the roundabout. Keep moving until you exit.

The same general guidelines apply to navigating a two-lane roundabout, but you need to pay close attention to which lane your should be in. Check out this great video from our friends at City of Red Deer to learn more about navigating a two-lane roundabout (used with permission): Roundabout Basics Video

 For more information, visit www.roswellgov.com/roundabouts.


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