Redlands roundabout plan moves forward

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Colorado Department of Transportation is moving forward with a roundabout project in the Redlands.

Officials opened the project up to bidding on Thursday for contractors.

They're moving forward with this roundabout despite some backlash from the surrounding community, but CDOT said Broadway and Redlands Parkway is a pretty busy intersection.

Spokesperson Tracy Trulove said CDOT recently conducted a study to look at intersections their safety and crash data. The Redlands Parkway intersection with CO-340, also known as Broadway, is near the top of the list for dangerous intersections.

There were 28 accidents at that intersection between 2010 and 2015, according to CDOT. So to reduce the amount of accidents, they plan on putting in the roundabout.

Resident Ron Corbett isn't buying it.

"We think the stats about safety have been contrived to make it look like a dangerous intersection," he said. "The majority of Redlands people I've talked to think it's unnecessary in terms of safety and in terms of construction."

Trulove said the contract could be awarded soon.

"It's probably as safe as any intersection in this valley that carries a comparable number of cars," he added.

With or without all of the public's approval, the project is moving forward.

"We're not going to make everyone happy all the time. It's an operational decision and a safety decision, and really the data around roundabouts supports this would be a better option here," Trulove said.

CDOT said a majority of the accidents there were when someone was rear-ended or someone was making a left turn. They add that roundabouts are effective at eliminating those types of accidents.

CDOT is hoping to start construction on the project sometime in February of next year.



 
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