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Public Outreach and Roundabout Implementation: Overcoming Challenges 

It’s a fact that modern roundabouts produce challenges for implementation related to controversy caused by misconceptions, the inherent fear of the unknown, and other concerns regarding what effects they may have on business and economic growth. These issues can come from agencies, stakeholders, the business community, decision makers, or the general public.
An open and collaborative relationship between agencies, residents, stakeholders, and elected officials is critical to successful implementation of high profile roundabout projects. This can be achieved through a variety of methods including community workshops and other events that serve to build consensus regarding the vision and subsequent design for your project.

Keys to successful public outreach:
  • Involve key stakeholders in a systematic approach
    School boards, affected property owners, business groups, elected officials, homeowners associations, citizen groups, media
  • Roundabout as a solution to a problem
    Feasibility study necessary
  • Work with key stakeholders
    Problem identification
    Solutions development
  • Make it their project
    Transparency – Communication throughout the process builds trust and ownership
MTJ Roundabout Engineering’s Mark Johnson has 20 years of experience communicating technical information about roundabouts in an easily understood manner that has proven very effective for successful project implementation and educational workshops. Mark’s visually rich and easily understood presentation materials and teaching methods address the concerns associated with modern roundabout projects through understanding, transparency, and sharing of knowledge.   

Featured below are two recent MTJ public events - a workshop and design charrette that included an afternoon of site visits in the Burlington, Vermont community; and a keynote presentation at the 2015 Region Transportation Summit in Toledo, Ohio.

Roundabout Workshop in Vermont

The one-day workshop, titled "Embrace the Roundabout," was held March 31st at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The event drew decision makers from city government, engineers, and interested citizens. Mark Johnson led a tour of local intersections and discussed opportunities and challenges of roundabouts in those locations. Read in-depth coverage of this successful workshop by the reporter who attended the workshop here. This MTJ roundabout workshop was "so well received by the community" that the City of Burlington is taking the “next steps” and is beginning a planning process for several of its intersections.


Transportation Summit in Toledo

Mark Johnson was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Region Transportation Summit, hosted by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments on March 20th. Mark's presentation provided a comprehensive look at roundabouts - where they work, how they work, and how to build public support for them. The annual Region Transportation Summit provides a forum for discussing the transportation needs of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region.

See more about MTJ Roundabout Engineering’s public outreach and visualization services here.
Let MTJ Roundabout Engineering assist your organization or community in making informed decisions about roundabout projects.  Read more about MTJ’s public outreach methods here.

MTJ to Provide Two-Day Roundabout Design Course in Ottawa
The two-day training course, "Roundabout Planning, Design and Implementation," will be held in Ottawa on April 27-28, and is sponsored by the Educational Program Innovations Center (EPIC). Click here for more information on the Ottawa training.

MTJ to Present Two Papers at International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design
Mark Johnson will present "A Synthesis of Roundabout Design Optimization for Safety and Operations" and "A Case for Geometrically-Based Roundabout Capacity Equation Modeling" in June at the 5th ISHGD in Vancouver, BC. The symposium encourages the continuous improvement of highway geometric design and focuses on the latest breakthrough design practices.
Brookfield, WI Visualization

This MTJ 3D visualization was created for the Brookfield, WI roundabout project.
Featured Roundabout -
Pebble Beach, CA

See a fly-thru visualization of this flared entry design that provides a
cost-effective solution to the congested interchange at the primary entrance to Pebble Beach, CA.

Contact Mark at 608-238-5000

MTJ Roundabout Engineering is a leader in roundabout design, analysis, and implementation. We specialize in design and peer review of roundabouts through the application of design principles to ensure a safe and reliable traffic solution for your project.
  • Co-author of the updated 2010 FHWA Roundabout Guide (NCHRP 672)
  • Technical resource to 100+ roadway agencies & consulting firms across the U.S.
  • Active member of ITE and TRB Roundabout Committees
  • Roundabout training delivered to over 500 engineers across the U.S. and Canada
  • Provided over 400 roundabout designs, reviews, and peer reviews in 27 states and 2 Canadian Provinces
  • Registered Professional Engineer in multiple U.S. states and Canada
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