Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Roundabouts in Minnesota


Roundabout features include one way traffic flow, yield at entry and the curvature of the roundabout.

Traffic flow

Traffic flow of a roundabout

One way traffic flow

Pavement markings, curves at entry points, and raised islands direct traffic into a one-way counter-clockwise flow around the central island.

Signs at entry of a roundabout

Yield at entry

Traffic entering the circle yields to traffic already in the circle. This prevents the intersection from "locking up" which could happen if the traffic in the roundabout would have to stop for entering traffic. The radius of the roundabout and the angles of entry, created by the design of the medians and the center island, slow the speed of all vehicles to around 15-25 mph.

Yield sign at entry to roundabout

Cars navigating a roundabout