Roundabout driving takes patience |

Roundabout driving takes patience

Sierra Sun

Ready to drive in circles?

Truckee’s downtown roundabout is almost complete, awaiting only the installation of street lights in two weeks, Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said.

He said the town expects the lights to be installed on the roundabout and McIver’s Crossing by Nov. 25.

“The road is done, but we are waiting on the streetlights to be done,” Wilkins said. “We are looking at Thanksgiving week to get the lights in place.”

He said landscaping and paving are complete on the undercrossing and roundabout, but McIver’s Crossing, the connection to West River Street, will not be open until the lights arrive due to liability and safety concerns.

Until McIver’s Crossing opens, the roundabout will function more like a divided roadway. Once the road under the railroad tracks to West River Street is open, the roundabout will begin serving its true function – controlling traffic from three directions.

That may be a strange experience for many Truckee residents. Some have only seen roundabouts and traffic circles depicted in movies such as “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” where the Griswold family is stuck in an endless route around a London traffic circle.

But that shouldn’t happen here.

For one thing, people entering the roundabout yield to those already in the center circle – exactly the reverse of how many traffic circles work.

People circling the roundabout have the right-of-way, and there is only one lane around the roundabout – so no one can be stuck in an inner lane.

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