In late 2015/early 2016, Pima County Department of Transportation (PCDOT) initiated a series of public outreach efforts to share information and solicit feedback regarding the proposal to install a number of single lane roundabouts, as well as other treatment options at key intersections in the Tucson metropolitan area. Roundabouts have a proven history of being safer, more cost-effective, and more efficient overall as compared to a traditional signal. A major component of the outreach effort was to provide education and information regarding how roundabouts work, plus dispel many of the myths and concerns regarding their safety and functionality.
Although the public meeting held in the Vail community generated positive comments and favorable response, there are still a number of concerns and questions throughout the majority of the region. Taking into account the comments and feedback that were received, both during and after the meetings, as well as a number of factors such as financial availability, competing priorities, etc., it was determined a large-scale roundabout program should be postponed for the near future.
PCDOT remains committed to providing safe, cost-effective and efficient solutions to the various transportation challenges faced in the region. Along these lines, PCDOT will continue efforts to develop and implement the various intersection control options available, including roundabouts. PCDOT intends to continue the dialogue with the citizens, and pursue implementation opportunities based on available funding. The support received from the Vail community will be a key factor in determining potential intersections for consideration.