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Review of roundabout driving rules offered by Ridgeland officials

Ridgeland officials wish to advise residents and visitors to be especially careful while driving the multi-lane roundabout during the busy holiday shopping season. A multi-lane roundabout is located at the intersection of Old Agency Road and Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. This area is regularly travelled by visitors who may or may not be familiar with how to drive a roundabout. Being reminded of the rules of driving a multi-lane roundabout will help prevent accidents, officials say.

Roundabouts are known for keeping vehicles moving faster through an intersection than a traditional stop and go intersection. The roundabout brings motorists who take the Old Agency exit off I-55 onto the commercial corridor of Highland Colony Parkway. It is anticipated that this commercial corridor will see higher traffic counts from now until Christmas as shoppers and diners visit the Renaissance at Colony Park, the Township at Colony Park and other retail and business centers off Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.

The City of Ridgeland coordinates with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to install the most effective signage and road markings to guide motorists who are entering, driving, and leaving the roundabout. Please follow the signs and remember the following guidelines:

  1. Choose the correct lane before entering the roundabout. Never change lanes within the roundabout, just like you would never change lanes within an intersection.
  2. Drivers wishing to turn left must use the left or inside lane, so choose the left lane before entering the roundabout. As with a traditional intersection, you may not turn right from a left lane.
  3. Drivers in the right lane of the roundabout must not turn left or change lanes; they must exit the roundabout with a right turn off the roundabout.
  4. Drivers wishing to travel straight through the intersection may choose either the left or right lane as the roundabout signage indicates.
  5. Drivers entering the roundabout must yield to all drivers who are already traveling in the roundabout.

Follow the rules of driving a multi-lane roundabout to stay safe and prevent accidents. Ridgeland officials also recommend that motorists view an informative video available from the Mississippi Department of Transportation: https://youtu.be/OQ0DjToa9Vk

The multi-lane roundabout in Ridgeland, Mississippi is located at the intersection of Old Agency Road and Highland Colony Parkway. Interstate 55 and the Old Agency exit is to the east of this image. Renaissance at Colony Park is located in the northeast corner. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is located in the northwest corner, and the Natchez Trace Parkway is directly south of the roundabout.

The multi-lane roundabout in Ridgeland, Mississippi is located at the intersection of Old Agency Road and Highland Colony Parkway. Interstate 55 and the Old Agency exit is to the east of this image. Renaissance at Colony Park is located in the northeast corner. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is located in the northwest corner, and the Natchez Trace Parkway is directly south of the roundabout.