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MILTON, Ga. – Drivers traveling on Hopewell or Francis roads will have noticed something odd where they meet – the new roundabout.

After about a year of construction – complete with orange barrels and earth-moving – the intersection is largely finished, with the traffic circle operational.

Despite some resident concerns about navigating the intersection, Milton Public Works Director Carter Lucas said locals are getting used to driving in circles.

"So far, we're happy with the performance of the Hopewell-Francis-Cogburn roundabout," Lucas said. "As more roundabouts come online around the region, the learning curve for each one seems to be shorter, and most people that we've seen appear to be able to navigate it without any problem."

This intersection was identified in the Milton Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) as a key intersection improvement. The CTP suggested that both traditional improvements such as turn lanes and signals and non-traditional improvements such as a roundabout may be appropriate for this intersection.

After the public involvement period and concept development, the single-lane roundabout alternative was selected for intersection improvements at this location.

Roswell and Alpharetta have installed roundabouts at minor intersections in their cities, but traffic jams have cleared up largely to the continual – if slower – moving of traffic through the roundabout.

As well as the Hopewell/Francis/Cogburn roads roundabout, another is planned for the intersection of Birmingham Highway and Providence Road.

"That project is being built by GDOT and should be complete by the end of the year," said Lucas.

Plans include redirecting the intersection approach and installing a roundabout.

For more information on these and other Milton construction projects, the city has set up a special website. Visit www.miltonintersectionprojects.com for information and updates.

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    Roundabout
    July 30, 2014 | 10:32 AM

    Some folks still need to learn how these things work. I almost t-boned a pretty girl in a large expensive SUV when she sped right out into the roundabout without even looking left.

    Me, Myself and Irene
    Milton
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    Roundabout
    July 30, 2014 | 10:32 AM

    After being nearly plowed into at the roundabout near Windward at Douglas Road last year, I was a skeptic and dreaded this solution, wondering why a traffic light wasn't chosen instead. So much land was disturbed to construct it. But I'll be the first to admit that so far I am quite pleased with the outcome. Traffic seems to move through the intersection at an almost seamless, steady pace. After traveling that intersection since 1989, it's quite a change and kind of fun to go through. I especially like the right-hand turn lane from Hopewell N to Hopewell S. It will be interesting to monitor once school begins. Now if we could just get drivers to USE TURN SIGNALS when EXITing the roundabout, navigating through it will be even safer, I believe.

    DJ Lane
    Milton
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    Unintended Consequences
    July 30, 2014 | 10:55 AM

    I will echo the remarks about people not understanding the roundabout--my son and I were almost smashed by a large dump truck that flew into the roundabout while we were coming around, and he didn't even look at us nor slow down.

    Also, I have noticed that now since the intersection flows so smoothly at 5:00 traffic time, there is a major artery clog at Hopewell just north of Thompson where people turn onto Birmingham Road. I thought I had read a roundabout was going in there as well, but considering there is no current stop sign or traffic light, I don't know how that will open that up.

    But the new roundabout has definitely alleviated the mess that was Cogburn/Hopewell.

    Tom S.
    Milton
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