Fort Bend County officials gathered this morning for a ribbon cutting opening the Spring Green roundabout, which connects Spring Green Boulevard, Katy Flewellen Road and Cinco Trace Drive.
Chris Debaillon, Fort Bend County’s Traffic Engineer, said the roundabout is a pilot for Fort Bend officials to see how well they can work to keep traffic flowing safely and that the county is considering other traffic circles for future development.
Stacy Slawinski, Fort Bend County Engineer, said the intersection excluded Crossover Road. Crossover Road will connect to Spring Green Boulevard northwest of the intersection once construction on that street is completed in December.
“[Traffic circles] are great,” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert. “They’re safe. They move people.”
Hebert and Andy Meyers, commissioner of Fort Bend County’s Precinct 3, said the traffic circle would improve safety in the area because roundabouts force drivers to slow down.
Meyers said that traffic should move more easily through the area, now that the traffic circle is open. He added that it may take drivers a while to get used to navigating the traffic circle, but in the end they would see faster commutes through the area.
“It opens [Spring Green Boulevard] all the way up to I-10 [via FM 1463]and with the opening of Cane Island Parkway, we now have two access points to I-10 [from the south and west side of Katy],” Meyers said.
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