ROCKFORD (WIFR) – After months of anticipation, the first two lane roundabout in Illinois is about to open in Rockford at the intersection of North Main and Auburn Street.
After five months of construction, the roundabout at North Main and Auburn is a few hours from debuting to the public.
For those of you anxious about getting around in the thing, here are some pointers. Know where you’re going before you get to the intersection, go slow, stay to the right, and yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 50,000 cars use the Auburn and North Main intersection every day and some are worried about potential accidents.
We’re told the design of a roundabout reduces the changes you’ll get T-boned or hit head on. Some still have doubts about the intersection.
“On the N. Main side, I think they put too much curvature, which could add to further hesitation on the part of drivers. I think there is a lot of signage on this roundabout. I think way too many,” said nearby business owner, Alberto Altamore.
“I think once people get used to it, it’s not going to be that difficult, but you need that signage there in regards to safety,” said City of Rockford Public Works director, Tim Hanson.
The general public will be able to drive one lane of the roundabout starting tonight at 7:00 p.m. Both lanes will open on October 15th.
If you still have questions on how to navigate the roundabout, you can find more information in the links below.