Wisconsin towns may soon be able to veto roundabouts
MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal which would give local governments more power over the European import that's becoming more familiar to state's drivers: roundabouts.
Currently only the Department of Transportation or local county officials can decide the specific where and when decisions on the traffic circles. The proposed bill would require municipal officials to sign off before project managers went forward with a roundabout project.
There are approximately 200 roundabouts in Wisconsin. Their purpose is to be in lieu of stop signs and traffic lights. A sponsor of the bill says that developers should have to consider business and motorist concerns before building new roundabouts.
According to DOT officials although they are typically disliked by drivers, once the traffic circles are built they are more likely to be favored.The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. The measure isn't expected to more further this session.
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