MEDFORD, Ore. -- The city of Medford gave Newswatch 12 a tour of the new improvements along Sringbrook Road after being closed for about 8 months.
City officials say the improvements were about a decade in the making.
This project has provided multi-modal and improved passage through the creation of sidewalks to Kennedy Elementary School, North Medford High School, and Kennedy Park.
Medford's Public Works Director, John Vial said, "This is a significant project for us in that Springbrook Road was an unimproved two lane road that had a lot of traffic on it, and especially, had a lot of people that wanted to walk and ride on it."
"Now we have a facility that has a north bound and south bound travel lane, a center turn lane, sidewalks on both sides, and bicycle lanes."
One major feature is the addition of a roundabout, the second one to be established in the city of Medford.
"Studies have shown that you have injury accidents reduced by 75% percent, when you reduce a signal and stop sign with a roundabout. Fatal crashes go down by about 90%."
Vial says reducing speed and yielding to others in the roundabout is simple and should make navigating roundabouts easy.
"What studies have shown, a lot of people who have concerns about roundabouts, once they reopen and they drive them, generally people are very pleased with them."
"Pretty much everybody now is looking at what is the best traffic control to be built at that particular intersection, and roundabouts are always going to be a consideration."