County engineers will be on hand Wednesday afternoon during a public information session for residents on the .
“We’re pretty sensitive to the neighbors in this project,” said Ralph Shrom, spokesman for Burlington County. “We’re hoping we can quell some fears about this.”
County officials are proposing a modern roundabout similar to the one on Cinnaminson Avenue near . However, this roundabout would be one lane.
It’s slated for the intersection of Riverton Road, Branch Pike and Parry Road, .
“You’re taking three intersections that are tightly compressed and creating a four-spoke roundabout,” Shrom said.
County officials presented the plan to township committee in January but final approval lies with the freeholders; Riverton Road is a county road.
During that presentation, county officials said they’ve been studying the intersection for more than a decade. If the intersection is left as is, they concluded, traffic and accidents there will never improve.
Modern roundabouts, which are not circles, according to county engineers, show a 35 percent reduction in crashes, a reduction in congestion and are more cost-effective over traffic signals.
“This isn’t the Airport Circle reborn,” Shrom said. “Statistically, and realistically, roundabouts, especially small ones like this, create a traffic-calming effect and yet at the same time, help facilitate flow.”
The plan does involve some property acquisition but details were not available. During the January presentation, officials said some sidewalks or driveways in the area may be affected.
Shrom said the design engineer would also be present at Wednesday’s meeting so residents can ask specific questions about the project.
The public information session will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at the .