Sitka commemorates its first roundabout

Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

JUNEAU - Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Leo von Scheben will join other state and local community leaders Thursday afternoon during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Sitka to officially commemorate the opening of the city's first intersection roundabout.

The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Halibut Point Road, Sawmill Creek Road and Lake Street. The roundabout is the 15th such intersection in Alaska.

"An estimated 11,000 vehicles use this intersection daily, which before the roundabout, made for a dangerous area," von Scheben said.

According to state traffic data, eighteen recorded accidents occurred at the intersection between 2002 and 2006.

"Not only do roundabouts reduce deadly automobile accidents at intersections by 90 percent, they also decrease vehicle wait time, resulting in less gas being used and less vehicle emissions," von Scheben said.

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