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ROTTERDAM: DOT touts circles

"If you are going to have an accident, have it at a roundabout because you probably won't get hurt," he said.

Plans for the roundabout include pedestrian crosswalks across all four legs of the intersection and the extension of sidewalks down Curry Road and Hamburg Street.

Engineers also say that roundabouts also look better than typical intersections, with space for landscaping and signage.

John Caffarella, who lives on Curry Road near the intersection, said he thinks the roundabout would be a good thing because it would slow down traffic.

"I can't even watch TV in my house because the traffic moves so fast down Curry Road. If they can slow the cars down half as much, it would be a plus."

Schell said the DOT hopes to start construction at the intersection by June 2008 and have it completed by December of that year.

Schell said his main goal is to move cars through the intersection faster and make it safer.

"My initiative is to get people home quicker and maybe save their lives," he said. ""

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