The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is speaking out against a bill that would give communities power over whether new roundabouts are built on state and county roads.
The department and other opponents spoke out against the measure at a public hearing Tuesday I the state Assembly's Transportation Committee. They say the bill would create snags for already lengthy road projects. Opponents also tout safety benefits and decreased fuel consumption to support building roundabouts.
Republican Rep. David Craig, of Big Bend, says he wants to give local leaders power because they know the potential concerns of businesses and residents.
Wisconsin has become a national leader in building the European-style traffic circles, with an estimated 280 roundabouts on state and local roads and another 90 planned for the next three years.