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Roundabout Traffic Moving Smoothly

New roundabout asphalted. Yield and one-way signs erected. Road markings to be painted.

Traffic on the new roundabout connecting McClure Bridge Road, West Lawrenceville Street, and Irvindale Road in Duluth appears to be moving smoothly now that the circle has been asphalted and drivers are becoming more familiar with using it. Workers on the site reported the roundabout paving was completed Monday (April 2) afternoon.

Roundabouts are circulatory roadways with center islands where all traffic flows counter-clockwise. They are constructed to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents.

Yield and One-Way directional signs have been erected on the roundabout. Road markings are scheduled to be painted Wednesday, weather permitting.

The roundabout will also eventually link to a proposed Hospital Connector. Work on the connector is scheduled to start after the roundabout project is completely finished.

Jean H April 04, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Liking it!!! AND the new sidewalks are great... makes my walks to Historic Downtown so much nicer!!!
Allison Rodgers April 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I think it's great!
DavidE April 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I could think of better ways to spend $670,000. I guess you didn't see cars going the wrong way or slamming into the island in the middle.
Mack April 05, 2012 at 02:22 AM
This is a bad idea, all the way around the circle. This will turn out to be a bottle neck. A 3 way stop or a traffic signal would have been a better solution, and cheaper. Duluth really wasted a lot of money on this idea. .In the Northeast they are taking these out due to the accidents and traffic back ups and congestion. Agree with David could have spent these funds in a better way. Duluth is getting a bad reputation for wasting tax payer dollars. this is a classic example.
DavidE April 05, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Mack.. I agree.. The bottleneck on McClure Bridge and West Lawrenceville was not this intersection. Anyone living in Duluth could tell you that. It is the Hill St to Buford Hwy portion. You have 2 stop signs, RR tracks and a red light all within a short distance. This was not built to help the current intersection, it was to allow the City to get grants/funding/handouts for the Hospital Connector. Another waste of money in my mind. The city could fix the traffic issues in this area easily. They could limit the area between Hill St and Main St to parking and pedestrians, no thru traffic. People that are using these roads as a short cut would be forced to use Pleasant Hill, 120, Buford Hwy or possibly Sugarloaf to get where they are going. All but 120 are 4 or more lanes, so minimal congestion.
DavidE April 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM
During rush hour last night, I watched traffic backup to the entrance to Joan Glancy (McClure Bridge Road side). The traffic circle really helped, didn't it?
Mack April 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
You are correct about the back up. Espically in the evening. With the current mayor and council watch for more wasteful projects around Duluth. Just wait until they have a serious accident.
DavidE April 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I say, wait until the next election.. Keep Billy Jones, throw the rest out.

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