Tulsa traffic goes round and round

Thursday, January 24th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The city has installed an English style traffic circle - what's called a "roundabout" in England, in a north Tulsa neighborhood.

A true traffic circle is smaller than a roundabout and is designed to slow traffic by placing an obstruction in the roadway. The Admiral Place "traffic circle" is actually a roundabout – they’re growing in popularity here in the US as a way to safely control traffic without causing collisions. Mark Brown, Tulsa city traffic engineer: "Actually a roundabout like out at Admiral is made to handle traffic, to make it flow better, these are made to really slow traffic.”

Roundabouts and traffic circles actually reduce collisions at intersections - and help make those that do occur less serious - since cars meet at their sides instead of head on.

The north Tulsa roundabout is located at 1800 N Denver.