Roseville City Council to vote on controversial roundabout

Roundabout proposed to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Hey, Roseville residents: What are your thoughts on the proposed roundabout? Feel free to post your comments below or send us a letter to the editor.

The Roseville City Council is scheduled to vote at the Wednesday, March 20 meeting on a controversial proposal for a roundabout to be built at the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Boulevard in downtown.

The vote had originally been scheduled for March 6. If the council approves the construction drawings, work on the roundabout will begin this spring and be expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

The roundabout has been a source of contention at previous meetings, as some residents argue the change will be confusing to drivers and a waste of taxpayer money.

According to a city press release, “extensive traffic analysis shows better traffic flow at the intersection with a roundabout as compared to the existing traffic signal at both current and future traffic volumes. A roundabout at this intersection will also provide a signature feature in the downtown area, creating a sense of place and providing an amenity to enhance the downtown.”

As part of the council’s adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan in 2009, downtown was designated as a pedestrian district with an emphasis on implementing traffic-calming measures that are more pedestrian friendly.

In April, the Roseville Transportation Commission unanimously approved the project, and the City Council approved funding to construct the roundabout on May 2 and directed city engineers to prepare drawings.

The roundabout would be part of planned improvements to Oak Street from Lincoln to Grant streets. The cost of the Oak Street Improvement Project is estimated to be $2.8 million and is funded by a federal grant, traffic impact fees and local funding, according to the press release. This cost also covers traffic signals at both Oak and Grant streets, and Oak and Lincoln streets. Additionally, the money will fund other elements such as lane reconfiguration, landscaping, and curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements.

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