Roundabout practice at 494/169 open house 14 Oct 11

With a massive complex of roundabouts about to open near a major senior housing complex in Bloomington, and similar traffic patterns sprouting all across Minnesota, transportation planners are suggesting an initiative to let drivers learn more and even practice.

Six roundabouts are about to open at the new Interstate 494 and Highway 169 intersection; four of them are to be in use by this winter as part of a new frontage road “ring” system.

Jim Rosenow, acting design standards engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, says the design is the first of its kind.

An open house this weekend will feature officials casually discussing the safety elements and design of roundabouts, and how to use them. There will be a simulated roundabout for practicing driving.

The open house will be held at Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Braemar Golf Course in Edina.