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Leon County Celebrates Opening Of New Roundabout

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Leon County Commissioners are celebrating the completion of a new roundabout. The circular intersections are becoming a popular traffic-control feature in the county, but are also confusing drivers.

County officials are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest roundabout at Kinhega Drive.

Leon County spokeswoman Olivia Smith says the homeowners association in Killearn Lakes helped design the system.

“The tree that’s in the middle of the roundabout was designed specifically to look as if it had been there and the roundabout was built around the tree. And also the Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association, their logo has an oak tree in it,” she says.

Smith says other public officials will also be present at the event. That’s because drivers still struggle to navigate them.

That’s instruction on how to safely navigate a roundabout from the city of Tallahassee’s website.

There are eight roundabouts in Tallahassee. And the city’s Public Information Specialist, Heather Teter, says they are a safe alternative to traffic light intersections.

“One of the safety features that roundabouts offer is that the roads entering the roundabout are curved. This allows drivers to go into the roundabout very easily, one-way travel and kind of at a slow pace,” she says. “So it reduces the possibility of t-boning and head-on collisions.”

The ceremony will take place at 3596 Kinhega Drive at 10 in the morning. And drivers can start getting acquainted with the turns now that the intersection is open.