August 02, 2018


FHWA – National Highway Institute
1310 North Courthouse Road , Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Hours



The instructors for this course will present the key geometric principles and guidelines used to develop and design a roundabout. They will highlight the differences between older traffic circles and rotaries and new roundabout design features. They will also address the typical questions of why, where, when and how roundabouts should be considered as an appropriate intersection solution.

This course includes modules on recent research on US roundabout capacity, roundabout design techniques, and hands-on exercises including sketching a single-lane roundabout in a small group.

The basis for the course is NCHRP Report 672: Roundabouts: An Informational Guide, 2nd Edition, VDOT Roundabout policies and guidance, the latest information proposed for the 2015 HCM Update, other state-of-the practice research, and the collective experience of the instructors on roundabout projects and research.


Agenda – One-Day Intermediate Roubdabouts Workshop

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM   Sign-in, Introductions

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM   Module 1: Introduction to Roundabouts

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM   Module 2: Planning for Roundabouts

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM   Module 3: Traffic Operations Overview

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM   Break

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM   Module 3a: Traffic Operations Tutorial

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM   Module 4: Design Principles

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM   Break for Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM   Module 5: Design Check Tutorial

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM   Module 6: Geometric Design: Single-lane Roundabouts

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM   Break

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM   Module 7: Geometric Design: Details and Applications

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM   Module 8: Single-lane Sketch Tutorial


Chris Tiesler

Chris Tiesler, PE has participated in a variety of transportation planning and traffic engineering projects in the Washington D.C. region and throughout the United States. His experience includes work on multimodal traffic impact analyses, transportation system plans, access and circulation studies, functional design (including interchanges and roundabouts), final design, and arterial corridor plans. He also has in-depth knowledge in several transportation-related software packages, including Synchro/Simtraffic, Traffix, Highway Capacity Software, AutoTurn, and AutoCAD. Through his substantial private development work, Chris has participated in several trip generation studies (data collection, variable and rate development) for a variety of land use categories. He is a principal author of NCHRP Report 672: the 2nd edition of FHWA’s Roundabouts: An Informational Guide.

Who Should Attend

Staff responsible for roundabout or roadway design and their supervisors, including both state and local agencies as well as consultants. Engineers, designers, and planners interested in learning more about the fundamental principles behind roundabout design and evaluation should attend this course.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

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