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State eyes roundabout as fix at Cairo Junction

State Department of Transportation officials are looking at building a roundabout at the Cairo Junction, Oregon Highway 201 junction south of Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – State Transportation Department officials believe a roundabout at Cairo Junction would save lives and cut down on serious car crashes.

Data collected by the Transportation Department appears to support the claim that the unique intersection design is effective. 

“This is one tool that is proven that it works,” said Tom Strandberg, agency spokesman.

A roundabout is a circular intersection or junction that channels traffic around a central island. 

Federal funding for the project isn’t available until 2021 or 2022 and state officials are still working on a roundabout blueprint for the area.

The planning will proceed with public input, said Paul . . .