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Roundabout open for one lane of traffic at N. Main and Auburn

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A project around ten years in the making is now accessible to Rockford drivers. The city's roundabout is being welcomed with excitement and apprehension.

City engineers and other leaders were at the roundabout giving examples of how to drive through a roundabout.

A tip that needs to be driven in they say: treat this like any other intersection. That means know which lane you need to be in before you start driving in circles.

Follow the many signs posted at the roundabout both on the sides and on the pavement and just like on any other roadway, be aware of other drivers.

"The roundabout is made to come in and approach as you enter into the roundabout as a mechanism to go slow. It's not so much that it's going to relieve any accidents but the accidents that will be at an intersection like this is a lot less severe," said Rockford Public Works Director Tim Hanson.

But other city leaders pointed out, the roundabout isn't all about the traffic. They say it could also mean economic development in the area.

"We have developers that are interested not only in the Northwest corner but in the southeast corner. We have a development RFP out for the southeast corner of the roundabout so we really feel that now that the intersection is built we're going to start to get a lot of development interest to really round off the intersection," said City Administrator Jim Ryan.

The second lane of the roundabout will be opening in a few weeks.

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