Wisconsin Bill Would let Towns Veto Roundabouts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would give local governments more say on at European import that's becoming more familiar to the state's drivers: the roundabout.

The state Department of Transportation or county officials currently decide when and where to build roundabouts. The proposal would require municipal officials to sign off before project managers could move ahead.

Wisconsin has about 200 roundabouts, which are built in lieu of stop signs and traffic lights. The bill's sponsor says developers should have to consider business and motorists' concerns before building new roundabouts.

DOT officials say drivers typically dislike the idea of the traffic circles but favor them once they're built. The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. The measure isn't expected to move further this session.


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