Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
McCoy got its first vehicle traffic circles this summer, located at
each of two four-way intersections on South Post training lanes.
A mounted combat patrol convoy
drives through one of the traffic circles recently constructed
on a South Post training lane. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
McCoy’s traffic circles were designed and constructed for training
deploying Soldiers about traffic patterns in foreign countries where
traffic circles are common.
referred to as roundabouts, traffic circles are used in many
countries, and there are a few in the United States. Traffic circles
control traffic speed, direction and, more importantly, safety.
circles direct all traffic to move around in a circle, and, only after
yielding to other circulating traffic, individual vehicles may exit at
any of the other three egress points. Two of the approaches to the
traffic circles have been widened to four lanes for about 300 yards.
are landscape or terrain features that personnel likely would
encounter during overseas in-theater deployments or other contingency
operations," said Terry Hoff, range officer for the Fort McCoy
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
traffic circles are located on training lanes, which include several
small simulated villages. Soldiers moving through the training lanes
in mounted combat patrol convoys might encounter friendly villagers
waving to the convoy or hostile villagers shouting angrily at the
A mounted combat patrol convoy drives through one of the pedestrian overpasses recently constructed on a South Post training lane.
(Photo by Tom Michele)
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scenarios escalate in danger to include opposing forces personnel
firing blank ammunition from assault rifles and machine guns and small
explosions from simulated improvised explosive devices alongside a
recently constructed on the same two South Post roads are pedestrian
overpasses where people may cross a busy four-lane highway via the
safety of an overhead pedestrian walkway. These also simulate
pedestrian and vehicle flow in overseas countries where U.S. Soldiers
may be on their tour of duty.
said the construction is part of ongoing improvements to the Home
Station Training Lanes (HSTL), which previously had been called
have been one of the most deadly threats to U. S. and Coalition
said the new construction has been funded by "the Army’s Joint
IED-Defeat Organization. These facilities are open to all units that
said the two north-south roads on South Post with these training
facility improvements are each about six kilometers (or a little more
than three-and-one-half miles) long.
(Michele is a public
affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for
CONUS Support Base Services.)