Roundabouts in Campbell River
Roundabouts are another way of assigning right-of-way at intersections. Roundabouts have been proven to be safer than traffic signals with reductions in both the frequency and severity of collisions. Though the City does not currently have roundabouts on arterial roads, a roundabout is planned for the intersection at Highway 19A and Rockland Road.
A roundabout was constructed at the Rockland Road/Highway 19A in summer/fall 2020 as part of the Highway 19A Upgrades project.
- Watch this 3D rendering for an overview of what the roundabout looks like: 3D VIDEO – Rockland Roundabout
- In a public consultation process during fall 2019, a ‘tidal pool’ design was selected for the centre feature. This preliminary design will now move into detailed design. Construction of the centre feature is not yet scheduled.
Benefits of Roundabouts
Roundabouts are a traffic management tool that have been shown to be safer than traffic signals while maintaining traffic flow.
Other benefits to installing roundabouts, include:
- Improving safety for all road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
- Reducing speed, which results in reduced number and severity of crashes
- Reducing traffic noise and vehicle emissions – compared to traditional signalized intersections, vehicles at roundabouts do not stop and accelerate, or idle
- Enhancing appearance of intersection
- Lower construction and maintenance costs compared to traffic lights (see comparison here)
Using a roundabout
In a roundabout, traffic flows in a counter-clockwise direction around a centre island, which helps to reduce traffic delays and collisions while continuing to keep traffic flowing. Drivers don't have to stop before entering a roundabout unless there is a vehicle or pedestrian in their way, so traffic flows slowly and continuously, in the same direction, and all exits are right turns.
To use a roundabout safely, remember:
- When your car approaches a roundabout, slow down and watch for pedestrians. If there are any pedestrians at the cross walk, wait for them to cross.
- Wait for a safe gap in traffic already in the circle before you enter the circle.
- Traffic inside the roundabout has the right-of-way and vehicles entering the roundabout must yield. That means that when you are in the roundabout, do NOT stop to let other vehicles enter.
- Follow the traffic signs and road markings, and signal before choosing your exit.
- As you exit, watch for pedestrians. If there are any pedestrians at the cross walk, wait for them to cross.
Roundabouts are always designed to ensure emergency vehicles can safely pass through.