Work is under way to verify the amount of land needed to build a roundabout on Prairie Dell Road.

City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann Monday night told members of the city’s personnel, finance and public service committee that said once it is determined how much land will be needed, he will begin the process of acquiring right of way.

The project, which is Phase I of two on the roadway, is slated to begin in the spring of 2015.

Plans call for a roundabout at the intersection at the entrance to East Central College and Denmark Road.

According to preliminary plans, the entrance to the school will be shifted north slightly where a roundabout intersection will be built.

The design of the roundabout was approved last month after Alderman Jim Albrecht questioned if that intersection was appropriate in that area.

He said the intersection would be constructed while school is not in session, and it would take about 60 days to complete the roundabout. During that time traffic would be detoured.

Prairie Dell Road improvements are in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2012-2015.

The project includes pavement improvements, pedestrian enhancements, curb and gutter work and widening of the road.

The cost to upgrade the road is estimated at $1,370,000. The project is an 80-20 cost share project and the city will provide 20 percent of the project cost.

The funds were available through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ Surface Transportation Program — Suballocated (STP-S) pool available to area communities.

STP-S funds can be used for projects such as pavement preservation, bridges, highway expansion, congestion mitigation, safety, environmental mitigation, transit and pedestrian facilities.

The second phase of the project would extend the improvements on Prairie Dell Road to College Road.

The scope of the Phase II project includes widening of the roadway, and new sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $1,352,250.