The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is using an informational video, captured in part by unmanned aerial systems, to educate the public and gain buy-in on its plan to use roundabout intersection designs.
“Watching a short video is easier than reading through a plan or report,” said Jamille Robbins, NCDOT’s public involvement and community studies group leader. “The greater utility of these types of videos is that they can be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week far beyond the timeframe of a traditional public meeting.”
Officials say NCDOT’s video was critical in the public becoming comfortable with their proposed design and changing minds of some who didn’t like the idea of using roundabouts. The drone footage’s bird’s-eye perspective helped those unfamiliar with roundabouts understand how they work and demonstrated the safety benefit offered by keeping traffic flowing. Videos like these and other forms of virtual public involvement continue to be an effective way to engage and educate the public at any time as people continue to use online video for news and information.
To discover how your agency can innovatively connect with the public, contact Scott Allen with FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty.