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Associated Press, Published September 02 2013

Grand Forks plans two roundabout intersections

GRAND FORKS — The city of Grand Forks plans to build 2 roundabout intersections next year.

Roundabouts are circular intersections without traffic lights or stop signs. Drivers just need to make right-hand turns to enter or leave the circle.

City Engineer Al Grasser tells the Grand Forks Herald that the federal government has been pushing roundabouts. He says studies indicate roundabouts can be safer and more efficient because they increase traffic capacity and cost less to maintain than normal intersections.

Studies also indicate roundabouts reduce the severity of accidents and are safer for pedestrians.

Grasser says the kinds of accidents that can occur in a roundabout happen at slower speeds and at different angles.