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RIDOT Considers Signs to Make Roundabouts Easier to Navigate

[CREDIT: RIDOT] A sample sign RIDOT is considering installing on the Post Road extension heading into the Apponaug roundabout.
[CREDIT: RIDOT] A sample sign RIDOT is considering installing on the Post Road extension heading into the Apponaug roundabout.
WARWICK, RI — RIDOT is studying whether installing signs will help people navigate the Apponaug Roundabouts easier.

“We’re looking to add signage to help direct drivers to their destinations as they traverse through Apponaug,” said Charles St. Martin, spokesman for RIDOT.

He said the agency is discussing adding the signs with the City, and may install the signs this spring. He said the sign designs aren’t final.

WPD Sgt. John Kelly is optimistic the signs will improve navigation through the area.

“If people read them they will help,” Kelly said.

Apponaug’s roundabouts are part of the RIDOT’s state-wide effort to make several major intersections safer by converting them to roundabouts, as WarwickPost.com reported in 2015. Proponents favor the intersection design, saying it reducec fatal intersection accidents by 90 percent, because of the lower speeds (15 to 25 mph) drivers enter them at. They’re less expensive to operate thanks to the lack of signals, better for pedestrians and the environment (due to fuel/emissions savings from lower speeds).

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[CREDIT: RIDOT] A sample sign RIDOT is considering installing on the Veterans Memorial Highway heading toward the Toll Gate Road - Centerville Road roundabout.
[CREDIT: RIDOT] A sample sign RIDOT is considering installing on the Veterans Memorial Highway heading toward the Toll Gate Road – Centerville Road roundabout.
Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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