BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – Traffic signs are now in place at the downtown rotary in Bridgewater. Town officials say they’re part of a 90-day trial to get drivers to slow down and keep pedestrians safe.

They were catching some drivers by surprise Friday night.

“That’s a wonderful idea, we need it, it’s about time,” said Dakota Dragon.

The move just one of many happening around the state with rotaries.

MassDOT says “roundabout design principals” are being added to rotaries around the state.

rotary1 New Plan Takes On Mass. Rotaries In Effort To Keep Drivers, Pedestrians Safe

A driver enters the rotary in Bridgewater. (WBZ-TV)

“Think of a rotary as a free for all think of a round about as more of a controlled dance sort of thing with traffic,” said John Paul AAA Senior Manager, Traffic Safety.

Paul says rotaries were designed decades ago when there were way less cars on the road.

The transition to roundabouts includes more signage and designated lanes for cars.

“It’s really designed to calm the traffic down, slow the traffic down but also give it a certain position on the road,” said Paul.

MassDOT says the rotary changes will depend on an area’s volume, traffic pattern and the local communities input.

Comments (2)
  1. Stan Bowers says:

    Rotaries have been around for ever. Speed limits in most urban area were set at 30 MPH. In response to a rise in the accident rates over the past dozen years, municipalities are lowering speed limits and doing away with rotaries. The problem isn’t the vehicles, the rotaries, or the speed limits. It’s pedestrians who can’t be bothered to look up from their smart phones walking out in front of drivers who are texting. Make operating a vehicle while using a phone a driving to endanger offense and make pedestrians who walk into traffic while on a phone at fault and the problem will go away.

  2. James Walker says:

    After a short learning curve, modern roundabouts tend to reduce crashes by about 50% and reduce serious injuries and fatalities by about 80% – by virtually eliminating higher speed t-bone crashes.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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