My regular run from Charlotte, NC to Laredo, TX takes me through Hammond, LA. Throughout the years, I have utilized the Petro at exit #40 off I-12. This is a great stop off point for fuel and a bite to eat however what I didn’t like at this location was trying to leave. The facilities were nice but the issue was having to make a left turn back onto US 51 in order to return onto I-12.To make things worse, directly across the highway there is a Love’s Travel Center and on the north side of the interstate there is a large mall and convenience store. This made for a situation which was not uncommon for me to wait upwards of 1/2 hour just trying to pull out of the Petro onto the highway.

Last year, Hammond, La constructed three Roundabouts in order to assist with traffic flow. I am happy to report that it worked! Motorists are now exiting the businesses by making all right turns. For me, it is now a pleasure to stop once again at this location as congestion is no longer an issue.

The only issue that I have witnessed in regards to trucks on the Roundabout is that there are some drivers that are not aware what appears to be a curving/sidewalk surface is designed to allow a trailer tire to roll over this area. The reason for this area to be built slightly raised was to discourage automobiles from driving on the inside track of where the trailer will pass through. If you would like more information on how to properly navigate on a Roundabout, click here

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A little help in one way can make a big difference in a lot of other ways .

February 23, 2017 22:35:46 PM

Roundabouts reduce fatalities at these intersections by more than 50%. They are here to stay and we need to learn how to properly use them.

February 20, 2017 4:06:37 AM

This Petro is also one of my favorite places to stop when we need a 34 hour restart or we do not have a load for the weekend. Miles are walked as there is also a theater by that mall and usually the weather is nice enough to walk and walk. I was always glad when we had to leave in the middle of the night due to the amount of traffic and trying to cross that street. We were just there and had to leave about the time my shift started at 3 in the morning. It was nice to see those Roundabouts at night and realize what a time saver they are. I am a great fan of roundabouts as they do keep traffic flowing.

February 19, 2017 5:24:59 AM

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