How to Navigate the City of Roundabouts

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How to Navigate the City of Roundabouts

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Gatlin Billeck, Staff Writer

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Roundabouts, love them or hate them they’re all over Conway and there are 4 right here on Prince Street. We are getting more in 2019, as earlier this year the City of Conway approved Donaghey Avenue for roundabouts between Prince and Dave Ward Drive with one very likely location to be at the intersection of Prince and Donaghey . And with future plans to add more on College Avenue, Bruce, and the newer ones on 6th Street, Conway Commons, Country Club, and Salem it seems that Conway won’t be slowing down anytime soon on roundabouts.

There are lots of new drivers on campus and the one question heard a lot is “How on Earth do I drive in these things?”

It looks complicated but really when you think about it and look at the posted signs before them, it’s not that hard.

Here’s how to drive in one of Conway’s nearly 30 roundabouts. First things first is to yield. This is one of the most important things in a roundabout. If you see traffic in the circle, or pedestrians in the crosswalks coming to you, stop and wait. If you gun it to enter the circle, you could get into an accident or cause some pretty bad road rage.  Second, is to choose your lane. On Prince, which is a 2 lane road with a median, it’s easy. If you are in the left lane you can go either straight, make a left or make a u-turn. If you are in the right lane you can either make a right turn, or go straight. Third, do not change lanes once you have entered the roundabout. Then when you see your exit, use your right turn signal to let others know you’re leaving the circle.

Roundabout education, especially here in Conway, is so much more important than what it was about 10-15 years ago when we didn’t have many. It’s also important to know how to drive in them that way you can navigate the city with ease from Dave Ward’s roundabouts to the ones right here on Prince Street.