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Roundabout Planned for Busy Salisbury Intersection

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Site of new roundabout planned in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) Site of new roundabout planned in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - One of Salisbury's busiest intersections could soon have a new look and feel for area drivers.  A roundabout is planned for the intersection of Riverside Drive, Mill Street, Camden Avenue, and West Carroll Street near downtown Salisbury.

The project is part of the City of Salisbury's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.  The CIP is a list of projects that still needs to be formally accepted by the city council.  The council will start discussions of the CIP in an upcoming city council workshop session.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said the roundabout at that particular intersection is something that was suggested in a planning study back in 2002.  Now 14 years later, it's going to become a reality.

"It's a real mess of an intersection. The most critical thing there that you'll notice is people dashing across this very complicated intersection.  There's also a lot of congestion that backs up there because of the way it's signalized," Day said on Thursday.

The Maryland Department of Transportation said on its website that roundabouts can offer high capacity at intersections without the need and cost of a traffic signal and make a great reduction in the number of accidents at an intersection as well.   

However, not everyone is sold on the idea.  WBOC spoke with Vicente Hernandez, who works just a few hundred feet from the proposed roundabout site, and drives it every day.  Hernandez worries about the intersection's proximity to Route 50.

"To get to 50, those two little small lights [at Main Street and West Salisbury Parkway], we're going to have a long line and you might get stuck in the circle.  And nobody wants to get stuck in the circle," said Hernandez.

The city will have a traffic study done during the design phase of the roundabout to ensure issues like that do not pop up.  The plan is to design the roundabout during the 2017 fiscal year, and construct it in the 2018 fiscal year.

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