For safety’s sake, understand multi-lane roundabout signage

Understanding multi-lane roundabout signage as a motorist is vital for your safety and the safety of others.

When approaching the multi-lane roundabout going northbound, one will encounter this overhead sign cluster.

The signs are essential, as this is when you need to select the desired direction of travel. In this example, the right lane is for turning right or going straight. The middle lane is for going straight or turning left. The left lane is for turning left or doing a u-turn. These options are exactly like a traffic signal intersection; you get in the lane based upon the direction you want to go. Once you select your lane, you must proceed through the roundabout in the direction you have chosen, just like a traffic signal.

* Note that the white boxes are for street names to be determined.    

Eastbound sign cluster for the Roundabout at Montgomery Road and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway.

Southbound sign cluster for the Roundabout at Montgomery Road and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway.

You must stay in your lane

Staying in your lane is most critical in the right lane, as you cannot go left or u-turn around the roundabout from the right lane. You must exit the roundabout by either turning right or going straight. The middle lane must exit the roundabout by either going straight or turning left. You cannot perform “laps” around a multi-lane roundabout like you can in a single-lane roundabout.

The “Yield” sign is another vital sign for roundabouts.

As you approach the roundabout, you must yield to all lanes to your left. Proceed into the roundabout only when it is clear to do so.

Lastly, another vital sign to pay attention to is the “Pedestrian Crossing” sign.

The roundabout consists of only one crosswalk, located on the “Montgomery Quarter Development” leg of the roundabout or the east side of the roundabout.

Drivers must stay alert for pedestrians and allow them to cross by yielding to them.

Construction of the roundabout is scheduled to begin during the spring of 2020. Visit this page to get the most up-to-date information on this construction project.

The safety and overall success of multi-lane roundabouts depend upon you, the driver! Please stay alert and abide by the roundabout signage just as you do at traffic signalized intersections.

For additional information on this or other projects, please contact Gary Heitkamp, public works director, at 513-792-8321.