WALKER (WBRZ) - State transportation leaders hope to instal large traffic circles along the highway here, and more are planned for other areas.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has an entire section of its website devoted to the new trend in managing traffic flow. You can check it out by clicking HERE.
According to engineers, traffic circles - or roundabouts- can increase traffic capacity by 30 percent to 50 percent compared to traditional intersections.
The design feature is also believed to decrease the number of wrecks at an intersection. A study by insurance companies found a roundabout can cut down crashes by 40 percent.
Experts said the circles ease major wrecks since drivers enter or exit the roundabout by only right turns and yield to traffic.
But, not everyone agrees. At a meeting in Livingston Parish Monday night to discuss possible changes, people were concerned about the future plans. Click HERE to read the story and watch the report.
Roundabouts are planned, or are already in use, in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, other parts of Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.