A spring 2016 construction start is planned for a roundabout along Still River Drive in New Milford.

Public Works director Mike Zarba said the roundabout is in the design stage at this time.

A $590,150 grant has been received toward the construction cost through the state Department of Transportation’s local transportation capital improvement program.

In a roundabout, drivers slow down as they approach and yield to vehicles already in the circle, where traffic never stops moving, Zarba said.

Michael Moorehouse, the project manager on the town’s traffic study in 2014, said a roundabout would not only keep traffic moving but would also have a “calming” effect on the speed of traffic in the area.

He recommends against a traffic signal at the intersection. He said it would do nothing to little to reduce rush-hour queueing and lessening the speed of traffic.

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