Conceptual drawing of preliminary single lane roundabout design at the intersection of Chena Pump Road, Chena Small Tracts Road, and Old Chena Ridge Road in Fairbanks
We are designing a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Chena Pump Road, Chena Small Tracts Road, and Old Chena Ridge Road with the goal of improving safety. For intersections like this one, a roundabout is a safer solution than a four-way stop or traffic signal.
We held a public open house on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 and our public comment period will remain open until December 7, 2023! Check out the open house materials in the sidebar and submit comments or ask questions by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at (907) 451-2281. We welcome all your comments, including feedback on:
If we already know we’re building a roundabout, why do we want your feedback? This project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Projects funded by this program must reduce the potential for serious injury and fatal crashes. Roundabouts do an exceptionally good job at this—a much better job than traffic signals. In fact, roundabouts are so good at reducing the likelihood of serious crashes that FHWA and Alaska DOT&PF have a “roundabouts first” policy. When reconstructing an intersection, a roundabout must be considered first (before a traffic signal or four-way stop).
Even though we know we are moving forward with a roundabout, there are still a lot of decisions to be made that we can use your help with. What do you think about our proposed increase of street lighting at the intersection? Do you think the roundabout serves pedestrian needs? What kind of landscaping would you like to see? During construction, would you rather us close the intersection and build it faster or maintain traffic through the intersection even though it would extend the construction time? Is there anything else you think we should know about?
Please send us your feedback at email@example.com or calling (907) 451-2281.
A schedule graphic showing the project timeline progression.
The project team is currently working on the detailed preliminary design of a single-lane roundabout. We expect it will be constructed in 2025.
The purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce wait times for traffic turning from side roads. The volume of traffic through this intersection has grown in recent years, which indicated it was time to look at ways to reduce delay and provide safe opportunities for drivers to enter Chena Pump Road from Chena Small Tracts Road and Old Chena Ridge Road.
The decision to move forward with the design of a roundabout at this location was based on the documented safety benefits of roundabouts and a survey of area residents conducted in April 2021 showing support for the project. This project is federally funded through our Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
This expectation is supported by crash data. The most common type of vehicle crash at this intersection is a right-angle crash, which commonly happens because side street traffic does not correctly gauge gaps in oncoming traffic. A crash of this type resulted in a serious injury in 2021.
The Federal Highway Administration and the State of Alaska have a “Roundabouts First” policy that requires us to consider a roundabout before other potential solutions like a traffic signal. We determined that a roundabout at this intersection will improve safety and reduce wait times for side street traffic.
Less-severe crashes: The types of crashes that occur in a traditional four-way intersection include high-speed t-bone and head-on crashes that are more likely to be serious. Crashes that occur in roundabouts tend to happen at slower speeds and be side-angle crashes, which are typically less severe.
Prior to nominating this project for HSIP funding, we reached out to the neighborhood with a short survey asking residents if they would support a roundabout at this location. We received nearly 400 responses and 58% indicated they were favorable toward a roundabout at this intersection, 33% were unfavorable, and 9% were neutral. Due to this response, we nominated the project and it was funded in 2022. You can read the survey summary and full responses here.
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This website was last updated in November 2023. You can expect us to post updates at least every three months throughout the design process. If you would like more information, please reach out to the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 451-2281.