Fayetteville experiments with tactical roundabout downtown

Bonnie Adams (right) with Travel with Care and Rachel Schaffner, project coordinator for Fayetteville’s Sustainability Department, paint the interior of a new mini-roundabout Thursday at Spring Street and School Avenue. The mini-roundabout is a pilot project to exemplify the concept of tactical urbanism. The project is similar to the temporary crosswalk in front of the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Bonnie Adams (right) with Travel with Care and Rachel Schaffner, project coordinator for Fayetteville’s Sustainability Department, paint the interior of a new mini-roundabout Thursday at Spring Street and School Avenue. The mini-roundabout is a pilot project to exemplify the concept of tactical urbanism. The project is similar to the temporary crosswalk in front of the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Via Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

FAYETTEVILLE—Street design should adhere to the needs of an area and Tactical Urbanism provides a low-cost, quick fix to many of the city’s traffic concerns, according to city transportation and engineering officials.

A group of about a dozen city employees and volunteers on Thursday installed a temporary roundabout at the intersection of West Spring Street and South School Avenue.

The intersection, next to the Spring Street Parking Deck and city parking management office, the Highroller Cyclery bicycle shop, residences and other businesses downtown, presented issues as a four-way stop, said Dane Eifling with the city's Sustainability and Resilience Department.

"By the time you get all the way that far in, you're like 'Why stop now? I'm in the intersection,'" Eifling said. "A yield just makes a ton of sense." Eifling did an hourlong traffic count at the intersection and saw several cars, scooters, skateboarders, bicycles and pedestrians roll through because of the spot's poor sight distance. Seeing oncoming traffic often required going past the stop signs, he said.

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