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Information/Education Synthesis on Roundabouts

Started: January, 2013 Ended: September, 2013 Project ID #4W4302 Status: Completed

Objective

The objective of this project is to prepare a comprehensive synthesis to guide MDT in deciding on the best ways to promote and educate stakeholders and the public on roundabouts in Montana.

Abstract

Roundabouts are seeing increased application across the United States and are one of the Federal Highway Administration’s nine proven safety countermeasures. In Montana, however, there has been strong public opposition to some of the roundabout projects proposed by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). While MDT staff have presented roundabout-specific facts and figures to the public in order to develop support for these projects, this approach has not proven to be effective. In light of this, MDT determined it was necessary to identify other effective and efficient strategies to use in public meetings and other venues to promote roundabouts as a preferred approach to intersection control and as an effective safety countermeasure. The objective of this project was to prepare a comprehensive synthesis to guide MDT in deciding on the best ways to promote and educate stakeholders and the public on roundabouts in Montana. To meet this objective, three primary tasks were performed: a literature review of existing education/information campaigns for roundabouts, a survey/interview of states regarding their experiences with educating stakeholders and the public on roundabouts, and a review of other state/agency education/information campaigns that have been successful (but not necessarily transportation-specific). The result of this work was a synthesis document that will aid MDT in deciding the best approaches to use in Montana to promote and educate stakeholders and the public on roundabouts.

Part of: Safety and Operations

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