Cox-Wire Roundabout

The roundabout at the intersection of Cox and Wire roads opened to traffic on Tuesday, as the city of Auburn cautioned that there might be delays in the coming weeks as the contractor puts finishing touches on the project. 

The Cox-Wire Roundabout has been a long time coming for residents, with the project initially expected to begin in the summer of 2019 but delayed multiple times. The City was facing another delay in June when the Council decided to foot the entire $1.87 million price tag for the project instead of waiting on a potential grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation. Auburn had previously delayed the project in the hopes of securing ALDOT funding. 

The City offered the following tips for navigating a roundabout: 

Slow down when approaching a roundabout; 

Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists; 

Yield to circulating traffic when entering; 

Use a turn signal to indicate intent to exit. 

According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts “provide substantial safety and operational benefits compared to other intersection types, most notably a reduction in severe crashes.”

“Roundabouts can be implemented in both urban and rural areas under a wide range of traffic conditions,” according to the FHWA website. “Roundabouts are an effective option for managing speed and transitioning traffic from high-speed to low-speed environments, such as freeway interchange ramp terminals, and rural intersections along high-speed roads.”

According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that looked at roundabouts compared to other intersection types when it comes to motor vehicle crashes and injuries, “there were highly significant reductions of 38 percent for all crash severities combined and of 76 percent for all injury crashes. Reductions in the numbers of fatal and incapacitating injury crashes were estimated at about 90 percent.” 

 

Library to hose OLLI lecture Jan. 12

The Auburn Public Library will host a public lecture sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. The program will be held in-person at the Auburn Public Library (749 E. Thach Ave.) and live-streamed via Zoom. For more information, email Library Events at libraryevents@auburnalabama.org.

Anne Leader will present her award-winning research on burial customs in early Renaissance Florence, providing an overview of the memorial landscape of the city as Boccaccio and his contemporaries knew it and the ways in which Florentines reformed and renewed their interrupted memorial traditions. Caring for and commemorating the dead is a fundamental human activity, as old, if not older, as human civilization itself. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended cherished burial rituals worldwide and has also renewed interest in the pandemic of 1348 that killed upwards of 60% of Europe’s population. 14th-century authors have become newly relevant as their vivid descriptions of the plague seem ripped from today’s headlines.

Leader is visiting fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) where she is developing Digital Sepoltuario, an interactive website that chronicles the memorial landscape of medieval and Renaissance Florence. She holds a bachelor's in History-Art History from Emory University and earned her MA and PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). 

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