The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Monday that the first of four new roundabouts on U.S. 20 between Bend and Tumalo is set to open sometime in June.
The first one up is the one located at the intersection of the Old Bend Redmond Highway. ODOT did not provide a specific date for when it will be open.
It will be a dual-lane roundabout, somewhat similar to the one at NE 27th Street and Butler Market Road in Bend.
Another RAB is being built at the intersection of U.S. 20 and O.B Riley Road. A tentative date for that has not been announced.
Two other roundabouts are also being built on U.S. 20 in Bend at Robal Lane and Cooley Road as part of the Bend North Corridor Project.
In preparation for opening, ODOT is posting this reminder about how to navigate a roundabout.
- Use the correct lane when approaching the roundabout by following signs and pavement markings.
- Left lane is for left turns, traveling straight through, or u-turns
- Right lane is for traveling straight through, or right turns
- There are NO left turns from right lane
- Yield to both lanes of traffic and enter when there are appropriate gaps. Don’t assume what someone else is going to do.
- Don’t stop in a roundabout. If you need to stop, exit the roundabout and pull over.
- Don’t change lanes a roundabout. Choose the appropriate lane before you enter it.
- Don’t pass vehicles in a roundabout. In Oregon, drivers are not allowed to pass large commercial vehicles in roundabouts – ORS 811.292 (a class C traffic violation).
- Use your turn signal when exiting.