One of Wyoming’s most unique highway features is now open to the public. A roundabout at Hoback Junction opened to traffic on US 191/89 Friday. There are only five roundabouts in the entire state highway system.
Wyoming Department of Transportation officials believe roundabouts are a safer, more cost effective way to build some intersections. According to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, converting intersections to roundabouts led to a 35 percent drop in crashes and a 76 percent drop in fatal or serious injury crashes.
WYDOT’s roundabouts are a single lane, one way, slow speed circular intersection designed to reduce crashes and keep traffic flowing smoothly.