R Avenue Roundabout

February 7, 2013 10:47 by Ryan

R Ave RoundaboutHave you seen the proposed R Avenue roundabout? The City Council recently approved a $65,000 contract for 30% design work on the project.

The City’s webpage for the roundabout notes:

This is a high accident location due to: the width of R Avenue; traffic volumes; and limited sight distance. A roundabout will decrease accidents and allow for safer merging from side traffic. The project has been in the City Capital Facilities Plan since 2008. It is also a key part of our long term planning for the R Avenue Corridor which shows left turns onto R Avenue only being allowed at safe locations along R Avenue at 22nd Street and 30th Street.

The roundabout design will include pedestrian improvements, which will be later complemented by additional crosswalks across R Ave. Those crosswalks (which came up at my last Ward 1 public meeting) are important, especially for bus riders who are dropped off on the east side of R and have to cross to residences on the west side.

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