Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brookland Park Boulevard Roundabout Project to Commence

The Department of Public Works will start construction mobilization on Monday, Jan. 4 to begin work on a roundabout at the busy intersection of Brookland Park Boulevard, Meadowbridge Road, 2nd Avenue and Dill Avenue; known as Six Points. 

In addition to replacing the existing traffic signals with a roundabout, the project includes landscaped islands, pedestrian crosswalk marking, handicap ramps and new signage at the intersections. The $1.2 million project has received state and federal funding. The work is expected to last four to six months, depending on weather. 

The improvements will reduce vehicle and pedestrian conflict points, provide slower operating speeds for motorists, and shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians. Experts say roundabouts can reduce fatal accidents by as much as 90 percent and have been proven to reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian accidents. In the past three years, five accidents have been reported at the Six Points intersection. 

The Six Points roundabout will be the third roundabout constructed in the 6th District. Roundabouts have already been constructed at Highland Park (1st, 3rd, Rowen avenues and Trigg, Matthews, Daniel streets and Holy Cross Cemetery) and Biotech (East Duval and North 8th streets and the Duval Street Connector).

Complete street closures are not expected during construction and no detours are planned at this time. There will be occasional lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to follow work zone signage.

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