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The Engineering and Capital Improvements Department of the city of San Marcos will host a public workshop and presentation on roundabouts 6 p.m. today, July 18 in Room 1 of the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins.

A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection without a traffic signal in which traffic flows around a center island. Traffic approaching the roundabout yields to traffic already in the roundabout.

The city recently installed two roundabout intersections in the Rio Vista Terrace Neighborhood and another is proposed in the upcoming Hunter Road widening project.

Roundabouts have several safety benefits over traditional four-way stop or signalized intersections. Roundabouts reduce accidents, reduce traffic speeds while increasing traffic capacity, reduce pollution generated by stopped traffic, save the cost of purchasing and maintaining signal equipment, provide traffic calming and landscape aesthetics.

City and traffic engineers will be hand to talk with residents and answer questions. Everyone interested in learning more about roundabouts is encouraged to attend.

For information, call the City of San Marcos Engineering/Capital Improvements Department at 512-393-8130. The city has also set up a roundabouts website here.

More information is also available online at www.sanmarcostx.gov/roundabout.

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