A "modern roundabout" is a type of looping junction in which road traffic travels in one direction around a central island and priority is given to the circulating flow. Signs usually direct traffic entering the circle to slow and to yield the right of way.[1
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Roundabouts are used throughout the world and are becoming more and more common in the US as an effective means of traffic control. The G16 strongly endorses their use, where appropriate, in Carmel Valley and the surrounding environs. The advantages stem from encouraging a smooth flow of traffic and being economical in the long run. The disadvantages reside in need for more land to create the circle and unfamiliarity of many drivers to the flow.
In his recent talks with Supervisor David Potter, Scott Dick, G16 President, encouraged Monterey County to build a roundabout at the entrance to the Rancho Canada Village development near the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula entrance.