Roads and Roundabouts

 

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Single Lane Roundabouts Planned For Meadows Place

 

What does this mean for The City of Meadows Place?

HDR was selected, and has finished, the engineering portion of the reconstruction of S. Kirkwood. Now that the engineering contract is complete the estimated time to complete construction is a year to year and a half after a construction contractor is chosen and financing can be worked out. 

Why Roundabouts?

S. Kirkwood is at the end of its life expectancy and is beginning to cost the City a lot of money in maintenance and repair each year. It needs to be rebuilt.

Modern Roundabouts will be safer, move cars more effectively, cause less pollution and will create a beautiful new buffer that will separate us from Alief/SW Houston. Additionally, they will help make us distinctly Meadows Place and Fort Bend County.

How are we going to pay for it?

Fortunately, almost all of this is funded thru the Fort Bend Mobility Project. This is a County bond project that is already funded which means it is county tax dollars coming into Meadows Place. By law, these funds have to be used on the road projects which the voters approved in 2007 and have nothing to do with our annual operating expenses. We cannot use these funds for other things and if we do not use them to repair this rapidly deteriorating roadway, we will lose the funding.

 

What studies say about Roundabouts:

Other Cities:

“Although we did experience some negativity prior to the actual construction, I have heard no complaints since.”

“As a matter of fact, this issue was one of our more controversial topics in town until the roundabouts actually began to operate.”

“Today, I would say the roundabouts are one of our more lauded efforts. Almost everyone is supportive. So much so, that we are constructing three additional roundabouts and the citizens are pressing us for completion dates.”

Federal Highway Administration:

“Roundabouts can be considered for a variety of reasons. The roundabout guide describes categories for selection that range from community enhancement and traffic calming, to safety improvements and operational benefits.”        

Benefits of Roundabouts:

On the Greener Side:

Roundabouts also have environmental and aesthetic appeal. Roundabouts cut vehicle emissions, pollution and fuel consumption by reducing the time drivers sit idling at intersections.

Other:

  • Roundabouts offer significant safety benefits (accidents are typically less frequent and less severe than signalized intersections)
  • Access benefits to adjacent properties are often realized since they provide easy U-turns
  • Smooth traffic operations due to continuous flow…congestion and delay is reduced
  • Traffic calming is provided due to reduced speeds at intersections
  • Lower cost and often less Right-of-Way required when compared to signalized intersection; at high-volume intersections, the roundabouts occupy far less space than the signalized equivalent intersection.
  • Aesthetic opportunities offered from increased landscaping
  • Long term cost savings with less maintenance (depends on landscaping)
  • The roadway will be lighted and this will allow for safer travel
  • New multi-use path and sidewalks will allow for safe pedestrian travel so the pedestrians will not need to walk in the roadway

 

All quotes and additional information on Roundabouts were taken from “Roundabouts: A Way Around Costly Accidents” by Constance Parten

For detailed professional opinion on Roundabouts, please check this link as well. http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/southcentral/2000/08/14/features/22640.htm

 

More info:

Helpful Videos:

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We hope you find this helpful. If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail them to City Hall at: mayor@cityofmeadowsplace.org Thank You!

 

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