Resident questions during Frisco’s town hall meeting Feb. 29 revolved around concerns regarding transportation and planned roundabouts within the city.
The city made three presentations to residents at the beginning of the meeting, one of which explained two roundabouts currently under construction in the city.
Several residents who called into the meeting disagreed with the city’s decision to install roundabouts, stating the intersection design would confuse residents.
Frisco Mayor Maher Maso explained that roundabouts are designed to be more efficient and safer than traditional signaled intersections.
“There’s traffic circles, roundabouts and modern roundabouts, and it’s really important to differentiate,” he said. “For example, the one in Waco that everyone had experience with is a traffic circle, and I agree 100 percent that’s not the safest traffic circle out there. But these [roundabouts] do move a lot of traffic, [and] they are safer.”
A roundabout is a one-way traffic circle at which vehicles travel counter-clockwise around a center island.
One caller asked about plans to relieve congestion at the Warren Parkway and Ohio Drive intersection. That intersection happens to be where the city is planning to install a roundabout. Just south of there, the city is also planning to install a roundabout at Gaylord Parkway and Ohio.
For more information regarding roundabouts in Frisco, visit www.friscotexas.gov/roundabouts.