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Oro Valley officials plan to educate community ahead of roundabout completion

Posted: 5:52 AM, Oct 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-29 11:55:34-04
Traffic roundabouts turning more common

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. - As the finish date for the Oro Valley roundabout at La Canada and Moore creeps closer and closer, Oro Valley officials are gearing up their educational efforts.

Officials said they plan to roll out a multi-faceted approach ahead of the roundabout opening.

Paul Keesler, the Public Works Director in Oro Valley, told KGUN9 the first phase of their approach consists of educating the community via social media.

Keesler said the goal is to provide information on how exactly a roundabout works.

"We had opinions for and against as we were doing the planning for this but the roundabout is based on safety. It's based on efficiently getting traffic through here and we have had some safety incidents as this was a four way stop but we will be eliminating those deficiencies," said Keesler.

While the construction finish date is still weeks away, Oro Valley Police Department officers have been patrolling the area.

Oro Valley Police Department's Traffic Supervisor, Dean Nesbitt, told KGUN9 the department plans on having officers continue to patrol the intersection after construction is finished to make sure drivers know how to properly make their way through.

Nesbitt said once construction is wrapped up, both the police department and town officials are optimistic the new traffic feature will benefit those who commute through the area.

"We had opinions for and against as we were doing the planning for this but the roundabout is based on safety. It's based on efficiently getting traffic through here and we have had some safety incidents as this was a four way stop but we will be eliminating those deficiencies," Nesbitt said.

Construction is expected to be completed by November 22.