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Bowling Green Gets A Roundabout

The roundabout in Bowling Green has been a cooperative project with a developer, the City of Bowling Green and MoDOT, and once the roundabout is completed, it will be maintained by MoDOT.  We appreciate the patience of motorists, the businesses in the area, and the support of law enforcement.

Roundabout Traffic Simulation and Video

Roundabout Brochure

What is a roundabout?

A roundabout, also called a traffic wheel, is an intersection that accommodates traffic flow in one direction around a central circular island.  It is used as a form of intersection control, like traffic signals or stop signs.  Roundabouts are very popular in Europe and are becoming more prevalent in the United States.  In Missouri, St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield all have roundabouts.

What are the benefits of a roundabout?

The roundabout simplifies an intersection, giving the driver a smoother transition to entrances and exits. The one-lane roundabout requires drivers to yield to one-way traffic before entering, then round the loop to the appropriate exit. If you miss the exit, DO NOT STOP! Simply travel around the circle again and exit on the appropriate road.  Not only is a roundabout typically safer, it also keeps traffic flowing thereby reducing emissions.

Driving in a roundabout

Tips for Using the Roundabout safely

  • Before you enter the roundabout – choose your lane based on where you’re going.
  • Slow down before you enter the roundabout.
  • Yield to all traffic already in the roundabout.
  • Only enter in front of a vehicle already in the roundabout if you have enough space to do so safely.
  • Vehicle speeds should be 20 mph or less.
  • After entering the roundabout, remain in your lane, change lanes only when traffic is clear.
  • Vehicles in the roundabout do NOT yield to entering traffic.
  • Never pass or drive next to a truck in a roundabout.
  • Do not block emergency vehicles.
  • U-turns are only allowed from the left lane.
  • Only experienced bicyclists should drive through the roundabout.

















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