On March 15th we wrote about a couple of Roundabouts coming to our area (not specifically in our District, though) as part of this summer’s road improvements. Round Lake Beach is no laggard when it comes to innovation and already has their very own, brand new, ‘mini’ Roundabout at West End and Wildwood Drive. If you have taken a drive to see the addition to the Round Lake Beach lakefront, that has been under construction for the last couple of years, you would have ‘experienced’ driving through a ’roundabout’.
I doubt that the Illinois Rules of the Road include any roundabout signs so we included one here. As you can see, there is no direct left turn when entering the intersection. As the sign indicates, you MUST travel in a ’roundabout’ counter-clockwise (opposite the way your clock rotates) fashion through the intersection until you reach the street that you want to exit onto. Anyone driving South on West End and wanting to turn left onto Wildwood Drive would actually turn slightly right to enter the roundabout and then continue around the circle until they are heading East on Wildwood Drive. This is a miniature roundabout since the larger ones have dual and sometimes triple lanes. Roundabouts are generally installed to speed up traffic flow at busy intersections so it’s not clear why the Beach elected to install one at this 3-way side street intersection, but never the less, give it a try and see what you think! Will they need to install ‘no left turn cameras’ to ticket those who don’t get it right (or was that left)? 🙂
The landscaping will be added once the weather permits and the planting season starts. One thing that I noticed as I drove down to the new lakefront parking area was that there are BLACK gates to close the park after hours. With a sharp curve in the road, a driver’s headlights will be shining out across the channel and there is NO sign warning you that the gates are there. I’m sure the gates will be replaced before this oversight is corrected, and certainly not the fault of the driver who may have even ended up in the channel to avoid hitting the gates!
I came aross the following example of a roundabout on the Wkipedia site which describes roundabouts as follows:
“A roundabout is a type of circular intersection in which traffic must travel in one direction around a central island. Traffic entering the circle must slow down and give the right-of-way to drivers already in the circle”