WHITE CITY, Ore. — The new roundabout on Highway 140 just east of White City is now fully open to all four directions of traffic, as crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation wrap up their work.
While the roundabout was opened previously to east and westbound traffic on Highway 140, traffic from Foothill Road and Atlantic Avenue can now travel through.
ODOT said that work on the 140 intersection at Kershaw Road will be completed on Wednesday night.
"A new center median will prevent vehicles from crossing the highway at that location, the site of serious injury and fatal crashes," the agency said in a statement. "Traffic will still be allowed to make right and left turns from the highway onto Kershaw Road."
According to ODOT, safety studies show that roundabouts reduce traffic fatalities by 90 percent, and tend to be safer than traffic signals on high-speed rural highway intersections. The roundabout on Highway 140 is designed to handle "the largest legal freight trucks on the road," the agency said.
"Drivers should slow down when approaching a roundabout and yield to traffic inside the roundabout. They should also yield to pedestrians, just like at a regular intersection," ODOT said.
This roundabout is the sixth on a state highway in Oregon and the first in southern Oregon.