US 98 at CR 491 Roundabout 439448-1-52-01
|Limits||US 98 at CR 491|
|Project Start||November 16, 2021|
|Construction Cost||$3.5 million|
|Estimated Completion||Spring 2023|
|Contractor||Watson Civil Construction, Inc.|
The project has built a roundabout at the intersection of US 98 / Ponce De Leon Blvd. and CR 491 / Citrus Way to improve safety. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.
DRIVER ALERT >>> Roundabout is now OPEN!
As of December 13, 2022, the roundabout is now in its final configuration and traffic is flowing through all portions except the south connection to CR 491 (Citrus Way).
Drivers are urged to stay within the posted 25 MPH speed limit and be extra alert as motorists become accustomed to the changes.
Southbound Citrus Way traffic turning onto westbound / northbound US 98 has its own direct connection and does not need to enter the roundabout. Drivers using this lane must yield to traffic on US 98 coming out of the roundabout.
DRIVER ALERT -- County Road 491 has REOPENED on the south side of US 98!
Brooksville, FL -- County Road 491 (Citrus Way) reopened Thursday afternoon, December 22, 2022, on the south side of the US 98 intersection at the new roundabout. All traffic movements are now open in the roundabout. Citrus Way had been closed on the south side of US 98 since March of this year.
Drivers are asked to be alert to this changed condition and don’t exceed the 25 MPH speed limit when driving through the roundabout. Construction activities to complete the project will resume in January after the holiday break.
Modern Roundabout Safety and Navigation
- Roundabouts are the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) leading action to reduce high-speed right-angle crashes and resulting fatalities. Roundabouts eliminate high-speed right-angle crashes at the intersection. Drivers are to travel at speeds less than 30 MPH and enter into the roundabout by merging.
- The FHWA has conducted studies that demonstrate tremendous benefits of the roundabout design, including (1) Up to 90% reduction in fatalities; (2) 76% reduction in bodily injury cases; (3) 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes and (4) 75% fewer conflict points than four-way intersections.
- This modern single-lane roundabout will be posted to be navigated at speeds of 25 MPH or less.
- This roundabout is located near several mines serviced by over-size, over-weight (OSOW) tractor-trailer combinations. This roundabout has been designed to accommodate larger OSOW vehicles for most of the movements at the intersection. Larger vehicles may track-over the truck apron as they navigate through the roundabout.
- Buses will not need to use the truck apron to negotiate the roundabout.
- There are no closures at this time.