LADDONIA—The rural roundabout will open at Scott’s Corner on U.S. Route 54 in Audrain County early Friday morning, Aug. 16.
“Although somewhat unique to Missouri, this type of intersection has proven to be safer than the type of intersection that previously was there, showing an 82 percent reduction in severe crashes,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Untiedt. He added that there are several roundabouts in Missouri, so drivers might be familiar already with how they work.
“Missouri has 118 roundabouts and about half of them are considered to be in a rural area,” Untiedt said. A rural roundabout is a type of intersection that slows drivers down on a higher-speed highway, which in turn, contributes to the reduction in crashes, MoDot’s statistics show.
Although several improvements were made during the last several years to the intersection at Scott’s Corner, located adjacent to Community R-VI School, severe crashes continued to be a factor, according to MoDot.
“We worked with a citizen’s advisory group to figure out the best solution to the problem, and we all agreed that utilizing a roundabout at this location would contribute to a safer intersection,” Untiedt explained.
Several public meetings were held over the last few years, the most recent being earlier this spring, which gave area residents a time line for the project.
“The project has gone smoothly for the most part. Despite a wet spring and early summer, our contractor has worked diligently to make progress on the project.” Untiedt said. “We really appreciate the school administration and bus drivers working with us their first couple of days of school to accommodate this phase,” he added.
Information about the project can be found at modot.org/roundabouts-us-route-54.
School at Community R-VI starts this week. MoDot asks parents to set an example for their children. Everyone in the vehicle needs to be wearing a seat belt, and drivers need to pay attention to the task at hand, which is driving, rather than talking or texting on the phone.