Some city officials said they still aren’t pleased with modifications to the roundabout at Independence Drive and Washington Avenue.
Alderman Bob Schmuke, who drives a tractor-trailer for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, said there still is not enough room to make immediate right turns without driving over islands.
“As a truck driver, I think this is going to be a problem for years to come,” he said. “I have to go up onto three islands to turn — I am disappointed in Cochran.”
Schmuke’s comment was prompted by a report by City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann who told members of the personnel, finance and public works committee that the cost of the Independence Drive project increased by $29,000.
Zimmermann said the city would be reimbursed about $17,000 of that by Cochran, the engineering company that designed the intersection.
In September, changes were made to splitter islands at the intersection because some trucks could not make immediate right turns due to an inaccurate design.
The islands split traffic between vehicles leaving and vehicles entering the roundabout.
Those islands are now mountable, similar to the center circle, which has a sloping curb that is designed for large trucks to drive over.
The contractor, Jokerst Paving and Contracting, Festus, constructed the splitter island work, and the city is expected to be reimbursed by Cochran.
Alderman Dustin Bailey asked if the city should go back to the engineering firm to discuss more changes.
“Are we content with the way Cochran fixed it?” he asked. “Or should we ask them to go back and fix it.”
The committee did not make a decision Monday night, but Zimmermann said he would talk with representatives of Cochran.
Schmuke further added that the roundabout at Independence Drive and Main Street is “more rounded” and easier to navigate.
Zimmermann said the diameter of the two roundabouts are the same size.
Zimmermann explained that the cost of the project increased by $29,000, in part, because the cost of asphalt increased from when the project was bid.
There was an additional $3,000 added to the project to install handicap ramps at Autumn Hill Drive, he added.
In February, aldermen approved the $981,187 bid by Jokerst for the street work. The estimated cost was more than $1,073,000.
The scope of work includes resurfacing, and installation of new curb and gutter from Highway 50 to Church Street.
Much of the work completed so far has been located between Washington Avenue and Church Street.