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NCHRP 572 - Roundabouts in the United States

Based on a comprehensive evaluation of roundabouts in the United States, this report presents methods of estimating the safety and operational impacts of roundabouts and updates design criteria for them. The report will be useful to geometric designers and traffic engineers who are considering improvements to an intersection.

NCHRP 672 - Roundabouts: An Informational Guide, Second Edition

This report updates the FHWA’s Roundabouts: An Informational Guide based on experience gained in the United States since that guide was published in 2000. The report addresses the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of roundabouts. It also includes information that will be useful in explaining to the public the trade-offs associated with roundabouts.

NCHRP Web-Only Document 94: Appendices to NCHRP 572

The following contains a comprehensive review of each source, by country of origin followed by a summary indicating how useful the insights from this review were in guiding the current research effort.

Roundabouts: An Informational Guide

The guidance supplied in this document, Roundabouts: An Informational Guide, is based on established international and U.S. practices and is supplemented by recent research. The guide is comprehensive in recognition of the diverse needs of transportation professionals and the public for introductory material through design detail, as well as the wide range of potential applications of roundabout intersections. The following topics are addressed: definition of a roundabout and what distinguishes roundabouts from traffic circles; public acceptance and legal issues associated with roundabouts; consideration of all user modes, including heavy vehicles, buses, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians; a methodology for identifying appropriate site for roundabouts and the range of conditions for which roundabouts offer optimal performance; methodologies for estimating roundabout capacity, delays, and queues with reference to the Highway Capacity Manual; design principles and guidance on safety and geometric design, with reference to applicable national standards such as the AASHTO Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets; guidelines for control features such as signing and pavement markings, with reference to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; illumination; and landscaping.

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