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.