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PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville is looking at putting in its first roundabout, but some residents don't like the idea.

 

City Engineer Eric Klann says most  support the plan, but some envision a small neighborhood roundabout for the intersection of Highway 126 and Tom McCall Road.  He says it will be a much larger one to accommodate semis.

 

"The safety of this.  This is going to reduce the number of fatalities by 90 percent and reduce the number of accidents by 75 percent.  With that data, how can we not look at a roundabout?"

 

Choosing a roundabout rather than a traffic signal at this intersection in front of the industrial area is safer.

 

Oregon Department of Transportation funds will pay for a majority of the 4.5 million dollar project with Crook County contributing half a million and Facebook and Apple contributing a half a million more.

 

Construction should happen during the summer of 2018.

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