By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
The city of Bend started testing metered signals at the Reed Market, Bond and Brookswood roundabout on Tuesday.
City officials hope that the signals will improve congestion and public safety at the intersection.
“Around 60,000 vehicles go through that on any typical day and that’s not including the peak season of the summer,” said said DeeDee Fraley, Project Engineer with the City of Bend
Tuesday morning was the first time the signals were active and officials say they’ve already seen improvements.
“Reed Market heading to the Bill Healy Bridge, it can reach all the way back to Highway 97 and we got at least half the delay this morning,” Fraley said. “We got some good reduction in delays and in cues so it’s showing progress and that’s really what we were hoping to get out of this little test.”
Twice a day during peak traffic hours this week, two of these signals at a time will act as a sort of revolving door for different legs of the roundabout.
A red signal means that drivers can’t enter the roundabout at all. A green signal means that you can you enter but should still yield to other vehicles.
The lights are designed to create gaps in the traffic flow so cars more easily enter the roundabout.
The testing will continue through Friday.
The city expects it will take about a month to analyze if traffic flow actually improved with the signals in place, and then around another month before city officials will decide whether to install them permanently or come up with another recommendation.