Roundabout construction updates
Construction of the Holman Highway 68 roundabout is under way and at times will cause traffic delays. However, emergency traffic will have access to Community Hospital at all times.
The next major road closure is expected in mid-October. Details will be provided when they are available.
Looking ahead to improvements
The city of Monterey began to seek alternatives to improve the Highway 68/Highway 1 intersection and in 2011 conducted a study that compared a signalized approach to a roundabout. It found a roundabout would be :
- Safer — Speeds are slower, everyone is going the same way, only right turns are allowed, and pedestrian crossings are shorter. Roundabouts have been shown to reduce fatal collisions by 90 percent and injury accidents by 75 percent.
- More efficient — By yielding at entry rather than waiting for a green light, waits are reduced by an estimated 62-74 percent.
- Cleaner (less air pollution) — Fewer delays and less engine idling means decreased fuel consumption (30 percent compared to traffic signals) and reduced pollution (30-40 percent less carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide).
- More environmentally friendly — The project will save hundreds of Monterey Pine trees that would have been cut down by changes to improve the signal light intersection.
Watch a video simulation of the roundabout