The new NC 58 roundabout at the Mallard Drive intersection is scheduled to open for traffic on the evening of March 1. The new roundabout was constructed by the developer of the new Publix grocery store in lieu of a proposed new traffic signal, and also serves as a "pilot project" for Emerald Isle to evaluate the potential for future roundabouts recommended by NCDOT.
Roundabouts are increasingly more common all over the United States, and there are now nearly 300 roundabouts in use in North Carolina. Despite understandable initial fears, roundabouts are safe and easy to use! The key things to keep in mind are: 1) just like any other street intersection, drivers need to be aware and exercise good judgment when moving through the roundabout, 2) always YIELD to the vehicle already in the roundabout, and 3) as you approach the roundabout, simply move into the correct lane for your desired turn (just like you do at the four signalized intersections in Emerald Isle).
The new roundabout includes safer pedestrian crossings across NC 58 and Mallard Drive, with a "safe" island halfway through the crossings. The new roundabout is also designed to accommodate tractor-trailers, boat trailers, and emergency vehicles, so these vehicles shouldn't have any trouble traveling through the roundabout.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM