Regional
2:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Roundabout Set to Open in Busy Bowling Green Intersection

After months of construction, a ribbon-cutting will be held Friday for Bowling Green’s new roundabout.

The one-way circular intersection will connect the 31-W Bypass, University Boulevard, and Loving Way.  It’s the state’s first multi-lane roundabout, and there will be a learning curve, according to Greg Meredith , Chief District Engineer for the Kentucky Department of Highways.

"The most basic instructions for a multi-lane roundabout is if you're going through or left, be in the left lane as you approach, if you're going through or right, be in the right lane," Meredith explained to WKU Public Radio.  "All you have to do is yield once, and once you're in the roundabout, you have the right-of-way, the circulating traffic has the right-of-way."

Meredith says signage and pavement striping should help drivers navigate the roundabout.  The intersection where the roundabout is has an average traffic volume of about 20,000 cars daily, lending itself to congestion and accidents.