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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:32 pm

Officials said work on the roundabout intersection at Washington Avenue and Independence Drive is at the halfway point.

City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said the project is slated to take 60 days, and Wednesday is day 30.

“It appears to be on schedule,” he said. “All of the storm sewer is installed and the majority of the outer curb. They will be working on handicapped accessible ramps and after that the sidewalks and splitter islands.”

Once that intersection is completed, a sidewalk from the roundabout to Church Street will be installed.

After that work will begin to pave all of Independence Drive from Highway 50 to Church Street.

Jokerst Paving and Contracting, Festus, is the contractor for the street work. It is estimated to cost $981,187.

Detour Problems

Zimmermann said there have been some vehicles driving through the construction site, even while crews are working.

“We are having issues with people driving through the work site while workers are present,” he said. “We have vehicles detoured through town, but people are still driving up to the site.”

There were new, larger detour signs to redirect truck traffic away from CC Camp Road during the Independence Drive construction.

Tractor-trailers have been driven down that road to avoid the closed off Independence Drive and Washington Avenue intersection.

Despite the signs, there still is truck traffic on CC Camp Road.

“I saw a truck go down there yesterday,” Zimmermann told The Missourian Tuesday,

Truck traffic traveling south on Highway A is detoured onto Highway BB to Highway 50, and then east to Independence Drive. Traffic from Highway 47 is detoured to Highway 50, and then west to Independence Drive.

Intersection

The traffic light at the intersection has alternated between both a flashing four-way lighted intersection and a timed light intersection several times during the past four years.

The light was changed to a four-way stop during only evening and night hours in April 2008, and then later to a four-way stop 24 hours a day.

Some residents have complained that the four-way stop is unsafe and confusing.

City officials have said roundabouts are safer and less costly to maintain than a lighted intersection.

At roundabouts, vehicles travel counterclockwise around a raised center island, with entering traffic yielding the right of way to circulating traffic. Once there is a gap in traffic, drivers enter the circle and proceed to their exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout they enter without yielding.

Roundabout intersections are “pedestrian friendly” and cheaper than a signalized intersection, officials have said.

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