Oregon’s newest roundabout opened last month. The Oregon 140 roundabout is the sixth roundabout to open on a state highway in Oregon and the first in southern Oregon.
Roundabouts on high speed, rural highways have a proven safety record. Studies show they reduce fatal and serious injury crashes as compared to similar rural intersections with traffic signals, according to ODOT Traffic Standards Engineer Kevin Haas.
The Kershaw Road intersection to the east is changed to prevent traffic from crossing the highway. Kershaw Road traffic can still make right turns onto the highway. Oregon 140 traffic can still make left turns onto Kershaw Road.
“Roundabouts are not an end all, but they save lives on high speed rural intersections,” said Haas.