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Monday - July 9, 2018 2:56 am

First year roundabout accident totals on Cass Street defy expectations

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After a year, results are maybe not what was expected at La crosse's first roundabout.

The one at Cass and Seventh streets has been open now for just about a year. It was part of the $2.3 million project to improve the section of Cass from 4th to 7th and safety was the Wisconsin DOT's rationale for installing it.

Roundabouts typically result in 35 percent fewer crashes than signaled intersections, which this intersection used to —  albeit a staggered four-way intersection (below).

That, however, hasn't been the outcome so far.

Since the roundabout on Cass Street has been open a year now, there have been seven accidents, which may or may not include the motorcycle crash before it opened (below). The year before that, as a stop light, there were no accidents. Two years ago, there were just four.

The DOT does have plans for more roundabouts in the city.

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