Caldwell building traffic roundabouts
Most residents favor roundabouts
Caldwell has approved building roundabouts Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Roundabouts have drivers going around in circles. Some people still don't know how to navigate them and they’re concerned about three roundabouts planned for Caldwell. A Caldwell man wrote Today's 6 worried that many drivers don't really understand how roundabouts work. Caldwell leaders want to put the roundabouts at three intersections. All along Ustick road, at Lake, Florida and Indiana avenues. The Indiana roundabout would be the first to be constructed, which is planned for July. Experts agree it will take time to get used to them, but eventually they will.
“They are certainly new to people they're a little bit daunting at first,” said Brent Orton, Caldwell Public Works Director.
Our viewer also questioned whether trucks would be able to navigate Caldwell’s new roundabouts. Designers say trucks can safely drive roundabouts... It's all about how it's built.
“It depends on the design of the roundabout, but they can be designed to accommodate trucks and these ones will, we do have some heavy vehicle traffic that comes through here,” said Brent Orton, public works director.
The city says during public meetings the people had their say and they're overwhelmingly in favor of the roundabouts only three people opposed them. Finally, as for cost roundabouts are a little cheaper than traffic lights, but not by much. They cost about $900,000 and traffic signals can cost about one to two million dollars.