Roundabout we go in Carroll County
Drivers in the Hampstead area will have to be ready to go around in circles next week as the State Highway Administration partially opens its new southern roundabout along the Hampstead Bypass.
The new roundabout, located where Maryland Route 30 (Hanover Pike) meets the bypass near Wolf Hill Drive, will change the traffic pattern on Route 30 beginning Thursday about 8 p.m., weather permitting.
Initially, the highway administration will open the roundabout to northbound and southbound driving only. The $41 million bypass itself will not open until summer. As part of next week's change, the current direct access from Wolf Hill Drive to Route 30 will be permanently closed.
While roundabouts frequently prompt grumbling from motorists, the highway administration contends they are a proven lifesaver that all but eliminates dangerous T-bone crashes at intersections where the traffic circles are installed.
Just remember: Yield to traffic already in the circle. It's easy once you get the hang of it.