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Dubuque's first roundabout now officially open

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The City of Dubuque's first roundabout is officially open, and so far, so good say officials with the city.

The "soft-opening" was officially on Monday, as some landscaping and signage work is still being completed.

Many in the area nervous before the roundabout opened.

"I was skeptical at first. I thought it would be a problem and a mistake," said Jeff Klauer, who owns a business that has been on the corner of the intersection of North Grandview, Delhi and Grace Streets for 40 years.

But just two days into the roundabout being open, Klauer is changing his tune.

"We've been really impressed with the way the roundabout has been working so far. It's been open a couple days, but people seem to be taking to it. We've really noticed traffic flowing better. We're pretty excited to see it work, and we're pretty happy with the way it turned out," he said.

Zoe Saunders who works at nearby Rubix Coffee Bar is also impressed so far.

"There's a little bit of confusion sometimes when more than one person is in the roundabout, or people are trying to enter, but for the most part it's going a lot better than I was expecting it to go," she said.

Jon Dienst, a civil engineer for the city, says there's only been one accident reported so far--only minor damage occurred.

He says the slow speeds will help keep motorists safe, but also keep pedestrians and people on bicycles safer, too.

"Because of the low speeds, if someone was actually tagged--the survivability at 15 mph is probably about 85 percent, where if someone hits you at 40 mph, survivability maybe is at 10 percent," he said.

He said they'll have engineers as well as a police presence at the roundabout as school gets back underway.

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