/ Modified nov 26, 2019 3:31 p.m.

Oro Valley opens roundabout

An engineer says the roundabout offers a higher safety rating than the previous four-way stop.

Oro Valley drivers are trying out the city's new roundabout at the intersection of La CaƱada and Moore Road. The circular intersection, which opened Tuesday, is only the second in the city, and the first that is two lanes wide.

Town engineer Paul Keesler says the old intersection with four-way stop signs had too many "t-bone" collisions, so the town hired a consultant to examine the options. "And what we found was that the roundabout for this particular situation was a better arrangement given its higher safety rating," Keesler said.

The town also produced a video to illustrate all the ways to go through the roundabout, including making a full lap if you miss your turn.

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