Participants explore roundabout options during Fort Lauderdale TES workshop

June 07, 2012

A workshop on the evolution from traffic circles to modern roundabouts and how they enhance safety for all road users recently drew elected officials and transportation professionals from the state, county, and local level to the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The workshop, part of Kittelson & Associates, Inc.’s nationwide Transportation Education Series, was the first to be held in Southeast Florida. Lee Rodegerdts, PE, an Associate Engineer in KAI’s Portland office, displayed images of a variety of roundabouts from across the country and described the design considerations and benefits of each. Presentation slides can be found HERE.

“There is a lot of interest in roundabouts in Florida, and the workshop was a way of getting people excited about some options they may not have thought of before,” Lee says. “People asked me a lot of really good questions, and I heard several side conversations about the possibilities created by different types of roundabouts.”

Jessica Josselyn, a Senior Planner in KAI’s Fort Lauderdale office, says the opportunity to present the workshop arose through the firm’s strong working relationship with the Broward MPO. Broward MPO is considering roundabouts as part of its commitment to Complete Streets, which include amenities that improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and provide effective public transportation choices while enhancing livability for residents.

One potential location for roundabouts is along Broward Boulevard, where KAI is working on the Broward Boulevard Corridor Transit Study, the area’s first near-term, low-cost premium transit project. The City of Fort Lauderdale is considering whether roundabouts could potentially transform the entrance to Broward Boulevard and create a gateway into the city.

The Fort Lauderdale TES event drew participants from not only Broward County, but also from neighbors to the south—Miami-Dade County—as well as from the north—Palm Beach County. KAI is looking forward to conducting TES presentations throughout the region, with Miami-Dade County as its next stop.

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