June 11, 2018
New Traffic Pattern on Ravensworth Road
Drivers reminded to yield to traffic in new mini-roundabout; see video in action
ANNANDALE—Drivers on Ravensworth Road now have a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Jayhawk Street in Annandale, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Construction of a new modular mini-roundabout, a pilot project with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was completed this week and VDOT reminds drivers that they must yield to vehicles already in the roundabout (See video of the new roundabout in action).
In addition, VDOT is partnering efforts with the Fairfax County Police Department, with officers and message signs to help alert drivers to the new traffic pattern and help them learn to safely navigate the new intersection.
While the size is smaller, mini-roundabouts operate similarly to other roundabouts in the region, in that approaching drivers must yield to oncoming traffic already in the circle. Roundabouts can often move more vehicles with fewer delays than a traditional intersection, as well as reduce severity of crashes.
The pilot will test new materials that can be installed easily to provide timely, cost-effective safety improvements. Crews built the roundabout using recycled composite materials—some from old plastic bottles—that VDOT and FHWA will evaluate for installation, function and maintenance.
About 13,000 vehicles a day travel Ravensworth Road in this area, with about 2,600 a day on Jayhawk Street. About 1,400 vehicles a day move through the intersection during each rush hour.
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