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Deschutes County Commissioners Move Forward with Plans for a Powell Butte Highway Roundabout


The Deshcutes County Commissioners heard a presentation by the head of the Deschutes County Road Department Monday.

 

They are recommending a roundabout be put in to help slow down traffic and reduce the severity of crashes there.

 

Commissioner Tammy Baney is happy something is finally being done to make the dangerous intersection safer.

 

"I'm excited.  I was raised in this area and I drove this section every day.  If this was twenty years ago, you would be hearing from my Dad.  A signal doesn't seem feasible.  A roundabout makes the most sense, but it will be different.  It will mean you can't go 65 mph into an intersection."

 

The rural roundabout to be built there would be larger than an urban roundabout and would accommodate trucks and RV's.

 

These roundabouts must slow traffic  down before it approaches the roundabout and they do that through signs and appraoch curves.

 

It's hoped the roundabout will go out to bid next spring and will be constructed during the summer and fall of 2015.


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