There's a lot of complaining right now about the new construction project at the intersection of John and Oriskany in Utica where a proposed roundabout is scheduled to begin construction in 2018.  Currently, there are two very successful roundabouts in the area: Utica's Oneida Square and Griffiss Park in Rome.  Still, some residents in Utica are worried that a roundabout will clog up traffic at Utica's entrance from route 5-S despite being assured of its safety by the State Department of Transportation.

How safe are roundabouts? Well, there's one amazingly huge roundabout that's worth taking a look at in England. It's actually seven roundabouts in one and it's been working safely in Swindon, England for some 60 years.

This is what wikipedia has to say about Swindon's famed Magic Roundabout:

The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England, was constructed in 1972[1] and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged around a sixth central, anti-clockwise roundabout. Located near the County Ground, home of Swindon Town F.C., its name comes from the popular children's television series The Magic Roundabout. In 2009 it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain, in a poll by Britannia Rescue.[2]

Watch the video above and think about it; if the Brits can pull that off, a roundabout at the eastern entrance of Utica should be no problem.

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