The oft-cussed roundabout at Cheek Sparger and Jackson roads should be finished by the end of May, about nine months behind schedule.
Stop signs are still in place, but yield signs are up and ready to be uncovered when the tricky intersection is complete.
City Engineer Jeremy Hutt said the remaining work includes finishing up utility relocation, sidewalks and landscaping.
The roundabout has been in its finished configuration since February, but early on in the project, attempts to keep cars moving while turning a busy four-way stop into a traffic circle frustrated drivers.
“Cheek Sparger — that’s a major east-west corridor for the community and there’s not a great detour route,” Hutt said.
The project began in January 2014 with an original completion date of September. But utility relocation issues put work on hold for four months, and traffic patterns were regularly altered to keep the intersection open. At one point, eastbound drivers were forced to stop on a traffic island in the middle of the roundabout.
Since the intersection has been in its finished roundabout configuration, Hutt said, the city has quit receiving complaints.
Resident Michael Wang, who was unhappy with the state of the intersection in December, said it’s in much better shape today.
“Here we are at the end of April and the landscaping is still kind of unsightly,” he said. “Other than that, I think we’re happy. It seems like it’s running well.”
Wang said he’s ready for the project to be finished and for the city to address other road problems, including maintenance and flow along Cheek Sparger.
“We’re happy it’s finally at least in working condition. I hope it cleans up a little bit and looks a little nicer,” Wang said. “Let’s finish this and get another project going and keep fixing these roads.”
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770