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Removed Roundabouts
« on: August 21, 2021, 12:29:30 AM »

I know that throughout the last couple of decades - both in my area and around the country - roundabouts have become a lot more common (sometimes a little too common, in my opinion). That made me wonder: do you know of any intersections where a roundabout was removed?

Anyway, I can't really think of any examples of roundabouts being taken out and reverted to stop sign or traffic light intersections, but I'm sure they must be out there somewhere.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2021, 12:45:37 AM »

I originally found this in the thread 'Quickest a roundabout has been removed': https://www.fox5vegas.com/news/cone-zone-hollywood-boulevard-roundabout-removed/video_cac02d5b-4d52-51df-940b-3b1d929a0d7c.html. Roundabout was removed at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Sahara Ave in Vegas. Done as a result of complaints from nearby residents.

Here is one that was considered controversial because its barely a roundabout, and was subsequently removed https://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/controversial-roundabout-in-old-northeast-to-become-a-thing-of-the-past/2177710/

On a related note, This roundabout is totally useless, and I have simply drove over the "circle" rather than going around at times.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2021, 12:53:15 PM »

Yeah, I have heard of other cases of the stupid painted circle roundabouts being reconfigured.  Believe there's one somewhere around here in central NY that a locality is doing just that with.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2021, 01:04:09 PM »

I know that throughout the last couple of decades - both in my area and around the country - roundabouts have become a lot more common (sometimes a little too common, in my opinion). That made me wonder: do you know of any intersections where a roundabout was removed?

Anyway, I can't really think of any examples of roundabouts being taken out and reverted to stop sign or traffic light intersections, but I'm sure they must be out there somewhere.

Roundabouts were removed at the Happy Valley Rd. / I-17 interchange and replaced with a diverging diamond interchange.

The satellite view shows the old configuration and the maps shows the new: https://goo.gl/maps/JDu7SwrcYq1nLTEp7

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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2021, 02:22:41 PM »

Maryland removed one at the BW Parkway's Arundel Mills interchange and turned it into a half-DDI, for lack of a better description (there’s no road west of the interchange, so there’s no second crossover).
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2021, 04:40:17 PM »

I know that throughout the last couple of decades - both in my area and around the country - roundabouts have become a lot more common (sometimes a little too common, in my opinion). That made me wonder: do you know of any intersections where a roundabout was removed?

Anyway, I can't really think of any examples of roundabouts being taken out and reverted to stop sign or traffic light intersections, but I'm sure they must be out there somewhere.

I expected the OP to be somebody else. You sure your name isn't tradephoric?  :bigass:

At any rate, one example that comes to mind for me is on 11400 South in South Jordan, Utah at its intersections with River Heights Dr and Summer Heights Dr. When 11400 South was widened through the area in the late 2000s, those two intersections were more or less combined to form what amounted to one huge roundabout. Here is a Google Earth image from 2010:



In the late 2010s, they got rid of the roundabout and converted it to two signalized intersections. That was done at the same time as the Bangerter Highway intersection just to the west was upgraded to a SPUI. Google Earth from 2019:

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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2021, 04:41:56 PM »

That's a rotary. Those are being removed more often than they're created.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2021, 06:33:05 PM »

Before:

Not a real roundabout, but signed as such.
I wonder how often the signs in the middle gets knocked down…
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2021, 07:37:27 PM »

Kittelson has a roundabout database where you can search for "removed" roundabouts.  Here is a link to their results:

https://roundabouts.kittelson.com/Roundabouts/Search?SearchString=&Approaches=&Driveways=&YearCompleted=&RoundaboutStatus=2&State=&Country=United+States&ICDMin=&ICDMax=&format=
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2021, 10:44:55 PM »

Before:

Not a real roundabout, but signed as such.
I wonder how often the signs in the middle gets knocked down…

Reminds me of this in my hometown. First time I drove through I forgot it was even a roundabout because you don't really have to try to avoid the middle.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2021, 11:27:16 PM »

University Circle, next to Case Institute of Technology on the eastside of Cleveland. (Junction of Euclid Ave, Chester Ave & Liberty Blvd)
Not sure when University Circle was built, but it was removed by 1962
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2021, 02:53:11 PM »

Smith Road and Everson Goshen Road appeared to be constructed as a single-lane roundabout around 2015 and has since been converted back to a 4-way stop.  This roundabout was even featured in a presentation in 2017 by the transportation research board.  But if it was so right-sized, why is it no longer there?!

"Right-Sizing Roundabout Intersections for State Highways"
https://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/webinars/171107.pdf
 
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2021, 03:17:14 PM »

If you look at the 1999 aerial on Google Earth there are 5 "circular" intersections SE of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.  They have since been removed and are now all standard signalized intersections.  My guess is dealing with traffic control on game day was a headache with the roundabouts and it was easier to lock signals in an event plan on game day to move traffic in/out of the stadium. 

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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2021, 04:11:30 PM »

Oh a bunch in Jersey. I actually live just off a fairly recently (2002, but that’s recent to me lol) removed roundabout called the Collingswood Circle. Locals still call it that even though it’s 20 years gone. Ellisburg Circle in Cherry Hill was taken out in ‘95. I think there’s a Wikipedia page dedicated to former NJ circles, since our state is so damned famous for them.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2021, 03:11:09 AM »

There has been a handful of roundabouts removed in East Lansing with one removed in Brighton it turns out.

What should be removed is State Street & Ellsworth Road roundabout as there is always one driver or a few who always act like they don't know how to drive around it.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2022, 08:25:25 AM »

There has been a handful of roundabouts removed in East Lansing with one removed in Brighton it turns out.

What should be removed is State Street & Ellsworth Road roundabout as there is always one driver or a few who always act like they don't know how to drive around it.

Seconding this. Also, the roundabout at 14 Mile and Orchard Lake should be removed too. It has become one of the most crash-prone intersections in the state.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2022, 05:23:48 PM »

For a few years in the middle 10's, there was a roundabout at the temporary southern end of the US 12 freeway between Baraboo and Lake Delton.  The roundabout tied US 12 back in with its old alignment until the freeway was extended past Baraboo at which point the roundabout was removed.  You can see the ghostly image of the removed roadways in this aerial photograph:
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=43.48866,-89.77728&z=17&t=S

The tuft of green in the middle is the red cedars that were planted in the middle of the roundabout landscaping.  Here's a ground view I took in early 2018:


It's a special case where not only the roundabout was removed, but also all of the roads that fed into it.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2022, 07:01:29 PM »

There has been a handful of roundabouts removed in East Lansing with one removed in Brighton it turns out.

What should be removed is State Street & Ellsworth Road roundabout as there is always one driver or a few who always act like they don't know how to drive around it.

Seconding this. Also, the roundabout at 14 Mile and Orchard Lake should be removed too. It has become one of the most crash-prone intersections in the state.

I went on that roundabout only a few times last year, and there was never a shortage of idiots at this roundabout.
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Re: Removed Roundabouts
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2022, 10:11:41 PM »

Has anyone already mentioned the roundabout on the Bella Vusta Bypass that was replaced with a SPUI?
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