MacPhail, Tollgate Mini-Roundabout Hearing on Wednesday

An informational meeting and public hearing on Harford County’s first mini-roundabout is slated to begin at 6 p.m. May 30.


Harford County could get a new roundabout—a mini-roundabout—at the intersection of MacPhail and Tollgate roads in Bel Air.

An informational meeting and public hearing on the construction project is set for 6 p.m. tonight, May 30, at the .

Construction is expected to start this summer, according to a release from .

According to the release, a mini-roundabout "functions virtually identical to a roundabout, except it is slightly smaller and does not have landscaping in the central island."

The release stated that these small roundabouts often fit in existing intersections and right-of-way designations, thus saving money and causing less impact to area residents and businesses.

How do you feel about this proposed traffic device? Is it necessary, why or why not? Leave a comment below to start the conversation.

PatrickOfBelAir May 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The ones we have now are so small that they are unsafe.
Nick May 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Only if you or the person adjacent to you doesn't know how to drive.
PatrickOfBelAir May 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Which is sometimes true but, even if the do know how to use a traffic circle, the small circumferences of the ones we have leaves very little time for safe decisions. I hope you have a safety harness for your pet fish when he/she rides with you.
ScottRAB May 31, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Search www.iihs.org for FAQs and safety facts. The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works (or the ‘keep going fast’ large traffic circle fantasy). The smaller size of the modern roundabout is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It also means that if a crash happens the likelihood of injury is very low. Safety is the #1 reason there are over 2,400 modern roundabouts in the US today and many more on the way. Slow and go also means less delay than a stop light, especially the other 20 hours a day people aren’t driving to or from work. Average daily delay at a signal is around 12 seconds per car. At a modern roundabout average delay is less than five seconds. Signals take an hour of demand and restrict it to a half hour, at best only half the traffic gets to go at any one time. At a modern roundabout four drivers entering from four directions can all enter at the same time. Don’t try that with a signalized intersection. Here’s a quote:
Jeannette August 08, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Roundabouts, large or small, only work if everyone knows how to use them and if they want to abide by the rules. My husband almost was in an accident at Tollgate and Marketplace while he was in the roundabout. The car coming westbound on Tollgate did not stop and almost broadsided him. These roundabouts are dangerous and a waste of money. Put in a stop sign or a red light--we all understand how to use them.


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