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Bryant officials pushing for neighborhood traffic circles
Bryant officials pushing for neighborhood traffic circles

BRYANT, Ark. - According to the Bryant officials, the City of Bryant receives phone calls from concerned residents regarding excess vehicular speeds in their neighborhoods almost weekly. 

Dana Poindexter, assistant of the mayor, stated that in some instances traffic control devices have been utilized to encourage speeders to slow down. In other cases the police department have been asked to set up within neighborhoods to run radar and write citations. 

As an alternative, the City of Bryant Public Works Department is proposing to place temporary traffic circles at selected neighborhood intersections, one in each of the four City wards. While such devices are fairly new to this area, they have long been used with great success in other cities around the country.

Traffic circles, much smaller than modern roundabouts, may replace stop signs and signals at appropriate intersections. Designed to direct turning and through traffic in a counterclockwise direction around a small center island, they are typically used in residential neighborhoods to slow traffic speeds and reduce accidents.

The City plans to place these temporary traffic circles in Bryant neighborhoods to test the effectiveness of how these rotaries might work. Each traffic circle will be scaled to be suitable for the selected intersection and created with temporary striping. They will be left in place for approximately one month.

Residents are encouraged to give feedback via email. Please send your comments along with your contact information to naddante@cityofbryant.com.