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Has the roundabout on Middle Sound Road affected the accident rate?

Tim Buckland
StarNews

Q. Has the roundabout on Middle Sound Road made any difference in the amount of accidents/problems since its inception?

A. Well, state police, who investigate accidents at the intersection, don’t want to definitely say any one thing is the reason for a reduction in accidents, but the numbers seem to show that the roundabout has at least helped.

Construction on the roundabout began in August 2010. From April 2009 to October 2010, the intersection, which is now a circular roundabout, was the site of six accidents, said Troy Pope, first sergeant of New Hanover and Brunswick counties for the N.C. State Highway Patrol. That’s an average of one accident every three months.

Since October 2010, there have been eight accidents at the site for an average of one accident every seven months.

All 14 were relatively minor accidents, he said, with minor injuries reported at two of them.

“So many factors contribute to wrecks,” Pope said. “I’d feel comfortable … saying that (the roundabout) contributed to the reduction in wrecks.”

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