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Modern Roundabouts Are Safer, Smarter, Sustainable

Roundabout Animation GraphicFredericton's new multi-lane Route 8 / Smythe Street roundabout is open.

Single lane roundabouts have been operating successfully in the city since 2010.  The Route 8 / Smythe Street roundabout will be the city's first multi-lane roundabout.  It is important that drivers understand how to use this intersection.

Here’s what you need to know!

See the interactive animation (View as web page OR View in Adobe Flash) about how the Route 8 / Smythe Street roundabout will work, check out the video simulation or look at the information brochure.

There are 5 easy rules to remember for multi-lane roundabouts:

  1. Choose your lane in advance of the roundabout;
  2. Slow down and Yield to pedestrians;
  3. Yield to both lanes of traffic already in the roundabout;
  4. Do not change lanes within the roundabout; and
  5. Give trucks plenty of room

Choosing your lane at the Route 8 / Smythe Roundabout

Lane choice in advance of a multi-lane roundabout is no different than selecting a lane in advance of a signalized intersection.

  • If turning left, you must enter the roundabout from the left lane;
  • If turning right, you must enter the roundabout from the right lane;
  • If travelling straight, you can enter the roundabout from either lane.

Remember you must not change lanes once you are in the roundabout

  • If you enter in the left lane, exit in the left lane; and
  • If you enter in the right lane, exit in the right lane.

Refer to the diagram below to see how to move turn by turn through the roundabout.

Give Trucks Plenty of Room

Photo of Roundabout Truck BrochureThe Route 8 / Smythe Street roundabout has been designed for large trucks and buses; however, drivers of these large vehicles should:

  • Straddle the entry lanes;
  • Use both lanes within the roundabout; and
  • Don’t try and leave space for another vehicle to pass you.

Drivers of passenger vehicles should never try and pass a large truck when approaching a roundabout or within a roundabout. Give Trucks Plenty of Room!

Read the brochure to see how large trucks and buses should move through the roundabout.

For more on using roundabouts, see the links under Related Content.

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