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Roundabouts to be installed in downtown Farmington

Meg Hilling
September 25, 2018 05:27 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M.— In an effort to slow down cars and make downtown Farmington more pedestrian friendly, the city is planning to install four roundabouts along Main Street in 2019.

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"By putting in roundabouts, we take out the need for the stoplights,” downtown coordinator for the City of Farmington, Michael Bulloch said. "And a roundabout allows you to just slow down. You are going slower, but you will actually travel through the space faster because you are not stopping and waiting for sometimes nobody."

Farmington residents have mixed feelings about the plan.

"They are confusing and a lot of people don't want to slow down," resident Charlie White said.

Another resident told KOB, "I think they are the best thing that's been invented for traffic."

'Ther Farmington Police Department hopes people pay attention, whether they are in favor of the roundabouts or opposed to them.

"I think what's most important is to understand that it is there to slow traffic down. So while you are in it, please slow down," Sgt. Brian Johnston said.

Construction of the roundabouts will begin in January of 2019. Anyone with questions about how to use them is encouraged to contact the police department.

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