Roundabouts Planning and Design Series-Virtual Classroom

Date: 1/25/2021 10:00 AM - 1/24/2022 12:00 PM







Course Description:

This is a 14 part virtual classroom series on Roundabouts. Everything from planning and stakeholders to design and construction will be covered throughout the series.  Each session will be based on a different chapter from the new MassDOT Guidelines for the Planning and Design of Roundabouts, released in September 2020.

Topics in this series:
Each 2-hour session will be held consecutively, and monthly, from January to December of 2021.

Session #2 - Jan: Planning
Session #3 - Feb: Stakeholder and Public Outreach
Session #4 - Mar: Analysis
Session #5 - Apr: Design Overview
Session #6 - May: Design Checks
Session #7 - Jun: Single Lane Roundabout Design
Session #8 - Jul: Design Details
Session #9 - Aug: People Walking & Biking at Roundabouts
Session #10 - Sep: Large Vehicles
Session #11 - Oct: Multilane Roundabouts and Special Considerations
Session #12 - Nov: Signing and Marking
Session #13 - Dec: Construction and Operations
Session #14 - Jan 2022: Simulation


Municipal: $25.00 per session
Private sector: $50.00 per session

Registration is a 2-part process.

1. First, choose the sessions you would like to attend and follow the instructions to complete the registration.

2. Once your registration is approved you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register with Zoom in advance for the online virtual classrooms. 

Accommodations for Disabilities: UMTC endeavors to provide an inclusive learning environment for all. If you require special services or arrangements to fully participate in this workshop, please contact Stephanie Cottrell at or 413-800-2655 as soon as possible to discuss reasonable accommodations for your access needs.

Calculated at checkout
Register by 1/24/2022
Private Sector


Calculated at checkout
Register by 1/24/2022
Public Sector


If you are having trouble registering, please email or call (413) 545-2604 for assistance.

Event Details

Session Descriptions 

2. Planning - January 25 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Planning steps
- Site-specific conditions
- Public education and awareness
Planning-level sizing and space requirements
Phased build-out approach
Interactive Planning Tutorial: Identify the feasibility and sizing of a potential roundabout

3. Stakeholder and Public Outreach - February 22 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Outreach timing
- Collect input
- Roundabout education outreach
Outreach methods and tools
Challenges in Massachusetts
Interactive Outreach Tutorial: Prepare a public outreach presentation for a proposed roundabout

4. Analysis - March 15 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Operations analysis
- Performance measures
- Roundabout operations models
- HCM6 Methodology
Operations analysis tools
Safety analysis
- Performance measures
- Roundabout safety models
Life-cycle cost analysis
Operational Analysis Tutorial: Identify performance measures at a proposed roundabout

5. Design Overview - April 26 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Design principles
Design process
Size and position
- Inscribed circle diameter
- Center position
- Number of lanes
Design features
- Circulatory roadway and central island
- Intersection leg geometry
Interactive Design Overview Tutorial: Good or Bad?

6. Design Checks - May 17 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Designing for speed control
- Fastest-path checks
Fastest-path check tutorial
Sight distance and view angles
- Sight distance
- Sight distance checks
- Viewing angle
Sight distance tutorial
Path alignment
- Path alignment checks
Path alignment tutorial

7. Single-Lane Roundabout Design - June 21 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Size, location, and alignment
Horizontal details
Rural, high-speed environments
Constrained locations
Sketch a single-lane roundabout tutorial

8. Design Details - July 19 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Landscape considerations
- Landscape areas in a roundabout
Access management
High-speed approaches
Curb types
Vertical considerations
Circulatory roadway cross-section
Interactive Design Details Tutorial: Good or Bad?

9. People walking and Bicycling at Roundabouts - August 23 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Designing roundabouts for people walking
Pedestrian accessibility
Guidelines for pedestrian accessibility
Designing roundabouts for people biking
Framework for selecting bicycle facilities at roundabouts
Review pedestrian and bicycle design flags at a proposed roundabout

10. Large Vehicles - September 20 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Design vehicle selection
Design vehicle checks
Truck aprons
Oversize/overweight vehicles
Interactive large vehicle tutorial: strategize options for accommodating large vehicles

11. Multilane Roundabouts and Special Considerations - October 18 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Lane numbers and assignments
- Spiral/turbo 
- Merging/diverging
Phased design
Cut-through uses
Closely spaced intersections
Oblong roundabout forms
Interchange ramp terminal intersections
Make it work: designing roundabouts at complex intersections

12. Signing and Marking - November 15 • 10:00 AM - Noon
- Regulatory signs
- Warning signs and object markers
- Supplemental treatments
- Guide signs
- Approach pavement markings
- Circulatory roadway pavement markings
- Bicycle markings
- Mini-roundabout pavement markings
Signing and marking tutorial: identify signing and marking issues at proposed roundabouts

13. Construction and Operations - December 13 • 10:00 AM - Noon
Construction staging
- No traffic
- Some traffic diverted
- Full traffic (no diversion)
Work zone traffic control
Construction coordination
Operations and Maintenance
- Landscape
- Snow removal
- Pavement maintenance and rehabilitation
- Pavement markings
Construction Tutorial: Develop construction staging for a proposed roundabout

14. Simulation - January 24 • 10:00 AM - Noon
-General VISSIM guidance
-Roundabout modeling guidance
-Roundabout calibration
-Data collection and performance measures
-Peer-review checklist

First Name Affiliation
Steven GPI
Alex Tighe & Bond
Scott VHB
Alex McMahon Associates
Robbie Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Jake The Engineering Corporation
Andrew WSP
Jocelyn Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Matthew Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Alec Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
Andrew Howard Stein Hudson
Tyler Stantec - Burlington
Thomas Nitsch Engineering
Thomas Stantec - Burlington
Joe Stantec - Burlington
Robert TranSystems
Christopher Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (MA)
Denise VHB
Janhavi MassDOT
Jessica Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Aleksandar VHB
Francisco McMahon Associates
Jill Stantec - Burlington
Ayesha WalkBoston
Sarah Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Dan MDM Transportation Consultants
Bridget Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Thomas Ransom Consulting, LLC
Elizabeth TEC, Inc. (MA)
Margot Environmental Partners Group
Kayla Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Joanna VHB
Jonathan MDM Transportation Consultants
Kevin Howard Stein Hudson
Patrick Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. (Quincy)
James Gill Engineering
Tom Town of Dennis
Benjamin City of Agawam
Stephanie UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)
John City of Newton DPW
Rhain Town of Needham
Elisabeth Cape Cod Commission
Colleen Cape Cod Commission
Ricardo City of Pittsfield
David Cape Cod Commission
Meg AER Environmental Access Committee
George Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
Alfredo City of Newton
Aldo UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)
Corey Town of Acton
Tracy UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)