New roundabout at Central Park Drive comes with new traffic pattern
Steamboat Springs — Some habits are hard to break.
A number of drivers in Steamboat Springs are still getting used to a new traffic pattern at Central Park Drive and breaking some rules.
But the city’s police department says a new roundabout in the area has not resulted in a significant increase in accidents.
Police Commander Jerry Stabile said this week that aside from one accident on the new roundabout stretch of the roadway that occurred the day the roundabout opened, he is not aware of any other crashes or major incidents in the area.
However, the police department has received multiple complaints about vehicles not following a new traffic pattern that came with the new roundabout.
The reconstruction of the road eliminated a left turn that drivers used to be able to make toward Pine Grove Road from the exit of Curve Plaza near Central Park Liquor and Paws ‘N Claws All Things Pet.
Drivers must now turn right out of that exit and use the roundabout if they want to go back to Pine Grove.
But some drivers are continuing to make that left turn despite new signage telling them they can’t.
It is this situation that is leading to the complaints, Stabile said.
“Behavior modification takes a while,” Stabile said. “Twenty years of habit can be hard to break. But given some time, people will figure it out.”
Stabile said he hasn’t heard of any traffic issues at the roundabout itself.
In addition to the roundabout, the construction project at Central Park Drive is adding new bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and sidewalk.
Crews are currently working on the stretch of Central Park between the roundabout and Mount Werner Road.
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