Civil engineers designing a roundabout generally choose a simple shape that is as inexpensive as possible. This trend could change, though, as a rather unusual roundabout was inaugurated last week in France. It is already bringing a smile back to racers' faces.
This incredible peanut-shaped roundabout is located in the town of Nozay, in the Loire Atlantique region of France. Its very particular shape allows to connect roads that are not perfectly aligned. It also encourages motorists to reduce their speed with a succession of slight bends. In fact, this roundabout looks more like a racetrack than a real roundabout.
In fact, this roundabout has been in operation for several months and motorists have been using it for all that time. The results are also very positive, according to the mayor of the city. Despite the high cost of the project, in the order of €720,000 (£613,000/$800,700), the mayor is already planning to build a similar roundabout near the small town of Rouans.
Previously, the two lanes of the D121 that crossed the D771 were not fully aligned. This would result in particularly dangerous crossings. The new roundabout successfully eliminates this problem by allowing traffic to flow smoothly and slowing motorists down.
Photo credits Ville de Rumilly