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Community Safety
News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

City of Springfield to Test New Right Turn Lanes

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Starting tomorrow (7/26), Springfield Public Works will test out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design.  The pilot study will be conducted at the intersection of Battlefield and Campbell.

The new intersection design, recommended by the Federal Highway Administration, features a tighter turn angle.  Temporary rumble strips simulating a new curb line will be installed on the right-turn approaches on the northeast and southeast corners—turns with a traditionally high frequency of crashes.  According to the city, the new design accommodates wide-turning vehicles like semi-trucks and trailers.

A news release from the city states that crash history shows motorists traveling in the right turn lane are much more likely to be involved in a rear-end crash than when traveling in any other lane.  Crash data has sown that turns with a large radius allow faster approach speeds and cause drivers to lose sight of the vehicle in front of them, resulting in rear-end crashes.

Funding has been designated through the voter-approved 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax to make safety and capacity improvements to several Springfield intersections with a goal of increasing right-turn lane safety.