By Charlotte Smith
The roundabout at the intersection of North Carolina Highway 410 and 41 in Dublin opened for traffic Saturday.
Construction started on the roundabout in September of 2019 and was first announced for the project to be complete in June 2020, but it was ready about two months ahead of schedule.
Andrew Barksdale, Public Relations Officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said, “We had inspectors out there (Friday).”
The NCDOT made the intersection into an all-way stop a few years ago, after a traffic analysis showed a high number of drivers on N.C. 410 were pulling into the path of those on N.C. 41. Although the all-way stop reduced crashes, the department decided to build a roundabout to further improve the location’s safety and traffic flow and plan for future traffic growth.
The department awarded the nearly $1.76 million contract in April 2019 to BMCO Construction of Lumberton.
Following are some tips on traveling in single-lane roundabouts from AAA:
• As you approach the roundabout, slow down and scan for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the street.
• Keep an eye out for signs, including a recommended speed limit, a one-way sign and dashed lines that indicate the roundabout entrance.
• Yield to traffic already inside the circle. Look for cars coming from your left and do not proceed until it is safe to do so.
• Drive the recommended speed limit and use a turn signal before you exit. Turn left by traveling counterclockwise around the center island. When you reach your desired exit, turn right to exit. Remember to signal.
View the following BladenOnline.com video of the new roundabout:
Loss In memory Photography & Designs submitted a different video with a sky view of the construction project along with a photo of the newly designed intersection earlier this year.
Sky view video by Loss In memory Photography & Designs: