ENM Council moves forward with roundabout

By: 
Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

The Elko New Market City Council discussed the concept design for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Scott County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 2 and 91 (respectively Main Street and Natchez Avenue) at its Thursday, March 22, meeting. The consensus of the council was to endorse the current design.

Aaron Warford of the city’s engineering firm Bolton & Menk Inc. explained the reason for the roundabout is due to future traffic increase and the speed of vehicles in that area. One projection for 2040 has traffic at 4,000 vehicles per day on CSAH 91.

Elko New Market is working with Scott County on the roundabout. Currently a conceptual and preliminary design is being worked on. The final design is expected to be done by 2019 with construction to be done on the roundabout in 2020. Scott County applied on behalf of the city and received a Highway Safety Improvement Project (HSIP) Grant for the installation of the roundabout. The $2 million grant is a 90-10 grant, with the federal government paying 90 percent and the local government paying 10 percent of the project. The HSIP Grant is a core Federal-aid program with the purpose to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

The design proposed so far has two lanes for CSAH 91. One lane would be for just northbound traffic on CSAH 91 and the second would be a free right turn coming off of CSAH 91, joining with CSAH 2 going east, creating two eastbound lanes. Warford said if they kept northbound CSAH as a single lane there would likely be a build up of traffic in the future.

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