Hopefully alleviating some of the confusion for some drivers, over the next few months traffic patterns at the smaller traffic calming circles throughout Richmond will change to match the larger roundabouts (PDF).
New signage that gives traffic in the circle the right-of-way over cars approaching the circle from side streets is in the works for the smaller traffic calming circles throughout Richmond. Additional yield signs are being erected at each of the more than 40 calming circles in the city. The modification comes as a result of changes in the Code of Virginia that mandate the same treatment for roundabouts, traffic circles and rotaries, which the code collectively refers to as “circular intersections.”
Once the changes are implemented over the next several months, all drivers will know to yield to the circulating traffic, whether in a roundabout or a traffic circle. The change will make the smaller circles, designed to reduce speed, operate in a similar fashion as the larger roundabouts, designed to replace traffic signals.