Construction crews have begun installing a roundabout at the Cheek-Sparger and Jackson Road intersection.
Crews got to work on Jan. 13 for a project that aims to improve traffic flow at the intersection.
The site will be home to the city’s fourth roundabout. Currently the intersection features a four-way stop in a dominantly residential area.
City Engineer Jeremy Hutt said the city recognized that the intersection needed improvement and preferred a roundabout to a traffic signal.
“Roundabouts are a better fit for the city,” he said. “Roundabouts function better at non-peak times.”
The city expects some delays during the construction period, and temporary closures on Jackson Road.
Hutt said the construction is expected to last eight to nine months, weather permitting.
“When it’s all said and done the peak hour delays will be greatly reduced,” he said.
In a media release, city staff suggested residents seek alternate routes.
Hutt said a residential developer will also begin construction on a roundabout at Cheek-Sparger and Bedford in the next few months.
City staff plans to continue working with the developer to ensure Bedford and Jackson are not closed at the same time.
This is the first roundabout to be built following the City Council’s approval of a landscape branding manual.