New Traffic Features Coming to Windsor
As part of the Bell Village development, major improvements to Old Redwood Highway are under construction. Two traffic features, roundabouts and back-in angle parking, which are new to the Town of Windsor, are being incorporated into the design. The following information is intended to introduce you on the operation of these traffic features. We hope navigating these features will become second nature to you as Windsor continues to grow.
Roadway improvements along Old Redwood Highway will be constructed in two phases. The first phase is anticipated to be completed by the end of April 2015. The limits of the first phase are from Windsor River Road to Joe Rodota Drive and include a roundabout at Market Street and back-in angle parking along Old Redwood Highway. The remaining improvements from Joe Rodota Drive to Windsor Road are currently in design and are expected to be under construction in Summer 2015 with completion in early 2016. The second phase includes a roundabout at Windsor Road and additional reverse angle parking along Old Redwood Highway.
A roundabout is a type of circular intersection with one-way, counter-clockwise traffic flow. Vehicles yield on entry and flow around a center island. The roundabout design features take the place of a traffic signal light and provide other benefits to safety, aesthetics, air quality and maintenance costs. Pedestrians cross one direction at a time with a median island providing refuge during the crossing. Through proper design, roundabouts can easily accommodate emergency vehicles, buses and trucks. Larger trucks will need to mount onto the apron around the central island in completing turns.
A number of cities that have installed back-in angle parking including: San Francisco, San Jose, and Chico in California, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Vancouver in Washington; Portland and Salem in Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C. Tucson tracked data for bicycle/car crashes before and after installing back-in angle parking, and found an average of three to four crashes per month with front-in angle parking compared to zero reported bicycle/car crashes for the first four years following implementation of back-in angle parking.