Modeling data from states with substantially more roundabouts, such as Colorado and Maryland, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Filkins said accidents decreased by 40 percent. He added, more significantly, that critical accidents dropped 70 percent and fatal accidents declined by about 90 percent.
The project, which is estimated to cost approximately $750,000, is being funded entirely by the state, from the DOT's short-term accident reduction fund. In addition to installing the roundabout, the project will also complete the sidewalk network around the church.
Public hearings will be held in December. Unless public comment convinces them to abandon the proposal, the project is slated to begin next March. Plans are expected to be completed by next October and bids should be open in January 2008. Construction is scheduled for March 2008 with the work to be completed in December.""