United States of America - Roundabouts


This one was send to me by a friend from the university who did an internship, at least I guess it was, in the good old US of A. These photo's are two years old and I was just planning to put them here just like that, but now that I see what he send me and what the scope of this single roundabout (or "rotary", as my Amurican navigation lady Bonnie likes to call it) is, I have absolutely no other option than to call it a day today and go to bed so I'm fresh tomorrow to attempt to write anything that will make sense about this roundabout. I suggest you, the reader, to do the same; Take a short break, have a nap and come back tomorrow to finish reading...

.. Ah, I can't do this. I just have to watch an episode of Ridiculousness before I go to bed :). "What's this? Metal?" - "BAM!"

So this roundabout is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The city was officially founded by mister Black in 1798. Currently it has around 45.000 inhabitants and is regarded as a very nice place to live in. The roundabout lies on the crossing of three major roads. That's why it is a turboroundabout, and we all know that this type is a double edged knife that can either not work (I have seen very weird versions of turboroundabouts that are very impractical and confusing, for example without any signs about which lane I should take and turborounabouts that have only one entry lane but two lanes on the roundabout), or work very well.

Roundabout at Blackburg, USA

Turboroundabout at Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Picture taken by Roeland in the year of our Lord 2013.

This is a fine example of a simple turboroundabout that probably will work very well. It is located at the T-intersection of N Main road and the Prices Fork road.

Roundabout at Blackburg, USA

Turboroundabout at Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Picture taken by Roeland in the year of our Lord 2013.

The positive points of this turboroundabout are the arrows on the road that indicate which lane you should take to get somewhere. This will leave little to the imagination of the driver and thus avoids confusion. The layout (or "path") of the lanes is such that they enforce this lane designation. A common behavior on some TR's is that people tend to stick to the outer lane even though they have to go 3/4 around, and I can't blame them for it. Nothing is more anoying in these situations that you are on the inner lane and that when you want to go to the outer lane to exit, someone else is driving on the roundabout blocking your way. At this TR it is not possible to stick to the outer lane when you need to take the last exit.
There are also advanced signs, which will help to get the automobilists to the right lane.

For the rest, they are really nice pictures. Looking at these things always make me feel like I've been there too. Especially with all these countries where I do not see myself go (for example India) it is really nice to get an impression of what it looks like. Sometimes it even makes me feel a bit jealous :@ It's not fair!!!

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