City says roundabouts offer safer alternative to four way intersections

7 months 1 week 3 days ago June 13, 2016 Jun 13, 2016 Monday, June 13 2016 Monday, June 13, 2016 9:43:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jasmine Lee, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - Roundabouts offer a safer alternative, with fewer accidents than a traditional four way intersection, according to Columbia city traffic engineers.

The Federal Highway Patrol estimates 2.5 million intersection accidents happen every year in the nation. 

Richard Stone, the engineering manager for Columbia Public Works, said accidents happen at traditional four way intersections more often because there are more conflict points.

"Anytime where basically either a vehicle or pedestrian will cross the path of another vehicle or pedestrian, that's a potential location where a collision is going to occur," Stone said.

Roundabouts have fewer conflict points than the standard "t-type", "cross-type" intersections, he said.

"This reduces the number of accidents because people are usually going at a slower speed and it provides a cushion for error," Stone said.

He said designing intersections is based on an engineering formula consisting of budget, traffic patterns and what will be needed in the future.

"Volume is an important issue," Stone said. "Typically, if there is an issue with collisions, it's handled separately, but safety is a problem we address greatly."

Stone said, if a particular intersection in Columbia is the site of numerous collisions, Stone and his team looks at the intersection's engineering formula again. 

These intersections in Columbia see the most accidents, according to Curtis Perkins, a Columbia police sergeant:

  1. Stadium and Worley
  2. Rangeline at I-70
  3. Bernadette and Stadium
  4. U.S. 63 and I-70 connector

These are the five busiest intersections in Columbia, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation:

  1. Stadium and Providence
  2. Providence and Nifong
  3. Route PP (Clark) and U.S. 63
  4. Stadium and Broadway
  5. Stadium and Bernadette

Leah Livingtston, who lives in Columbia, has been in accidents at intersections. However, she thinks the intersections are not to blame for the accidents.

"A lot of the problem may just be distracted driving and not the engineering there," Livingston said.

She said she likes roundabouts because she thinks the traffic flows better and quicker.

More News

Grid
List
LA MONTE - Four men are in custody after allegedly shooting an 18-year-old Knob Noster man Saturday night, according to... More >>
4 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The MFA Oil Break Time shootout featured talented athletes from all around Missouri on Sunday. There were six... More >>
4 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is looking for help identifying a truck believed to be involved in a hit... More >>
6 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:40:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm helped his team win the 2015 World Series title,... More >>
8 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:36:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Two people were arrested Friday in connection with a terroristic threat, according to an email from Columbia police.... More >>
8 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers responded to shots fired early Sunday morning in Columbia, according to a news release. ... More >>
9 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 1:26:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 20-year-old man is charged in an attack on a 12-year-old girl... More >>
9 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:51:01 PM CST in News
JASPER (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is taking recycling to the extreme by building a house made from everything... More >>
11 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A University of Missouri professor hopes his invention of a new mug that maintains the coffee's temperature... More >>
11 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:56:06 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new governor, Eric Greitens, is pushing to give the state the country's toughest penalties for... More >>
13 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri (CAAM) raised more than $1,500 Saturday night for the after-school program, Granny's... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:15:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:37:52 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is making a school choice measure called education savings accounts a priority... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:32:26 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The Mid-Missouri Solidarity March was organized by area organization to support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Counselors helped Columbia residents sign up for health care insurance Saturday, amid rising concern over the repeal of... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College hosted its first "Fallopian Fest" Saturday. Stephens College student and one of the directors of... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:54:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution" author, Dr. Lynn Rossy, spoke at the Boone County Historical Museum Saturday. The... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:51:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 41°
11pm 40°
12am 40°
1am 40°
2am 40°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
Sports Extra with Chris Gervino
11:05p
The Simpsons
11:35p
Elementary
10:30p
Cops Reloaded
11:00p
Heartland
12:00a
Lake City

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Dateline NBC
7:30p
Ted
6:00p
Beverly Hills Ninja
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld