Intersection and pedestrian improvements are planned to help support traffic flow for the College Community School District and Kirkwood Community College. The City of Cedar Rapids will begin work to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Kirkwood Blvd and the district’s south access road (Point South Entrance). The project will begin immediately after the school year has concluded.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a roundabout?
A modern roundabout is an unsignalized, circular intersection engineered to maximize safety and minimize traffic delay.
What is the goal of a roundabout?
To improve safety conditions, reduce traffic speeds, improve traffic flow/efficiency, and support future growth of the district.
Will College Community be responsible for paying for the roundabout?
No. The roundabout project, estimated at $2 million dollars, is being funded by the City of Cedar Rapids. The only cost to the school district is for the pedestrian sidewalks which is typical in all city street projects. The estimated cost of the sidewalk is $78,560.
Why is a roundabout the best solution?
Two primary benefits include efficiency and safety.
Efficiency: Roundabouts are effective at moving high volumes of traffic. They are ideal for use near schools when signalized intersections are often not needed during the majority of the day, but peak morning and afternoon times require effective traffic control.
Safety: Roundabouts slow traffic and reduce the severity of crashes. Their counterclockwise flow ensures all traffic moves in only one direction at a time, a maneuver that is easier and safer than traditional intersections. They also require vehicles to slow down to enter the intersection, creating a safer environment for pedestrians.
Why isn’t a traffic signal being considered?
The City evaluated the use of a traffic signal at this location. The analysis indicated that a signal would not be able to handle traffic as efficiently as a roundabout with current or projected traffic volumes during peak times. Traffic volumes also do not meet signal warrants the majority of the day outside peak morning/afternoon times.
What is the project timeline?
The project will be bid this spring with construction starting immediately after school is out. The project will take place over the entirety of the summer, and is scheduled to open prior to school starting in the fall.
Will sidewalks be included in this project?
Yes, pedestrian sidewalks will be part of the project which is typical in all city street projects.
Where can I find additional information?
You can download educational brochures, watch an information video, and view additional project information on the City’s website: www.cityofcr.com/roundabouts.