Durand Avenue roundabout possible

Durand Avenue roundabout possible

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RACINE — A public meeting on a proposed Durand Avenue construction project, which may include a roundabout at Memorial Drive, has been set for Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct a quarter-mile stretch of Durand Avenue (Highway 11), from Kearney Avenue to Highway 32. Construction is tentatively set for 2020, at the earliest, according to a DOT news release.

The DOT is evaluating whether to put a new traffic signal or roundabout at the intersection of Durand Avenue and Memorial Drive as part of the project.

Preliminary plans also include new pavement, storm sewer repair, bicycle accommodations, improved pedestrian accommodations, new sidewalk on the south side of the road and new street lighting.

Officials say the project would improve the operations and safety of the roadway, which was built in 1965 and is at the end of its useful life.

The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 15 at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3035 Drexel Ave. The open house-style event will include project plans, location maps and other exhibits will be on display to illustrate the proposed work in detail, according to the release.

DOT representatives will be on hand to discuss the project on a one-on-one basis.

Anyone seeking more information can contact Project Manager Traci Gengler at 262-548-8727. Written comments can be sent to Gengler at WisDOT, 141 NW Barstow St., P.O. Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187.

The DOT is partnering with the City of Racine on the project.

Roundabouts polarizing

Roundabouts have become increasingly common in Racine-area construction projects — and attracted criticism. A proposed roundabout at Hamilton Street and Douglas Avenue in the City of Racine was quashed last year amid a public backlash and cost concerns.

Officials argue other roundabouts in Racine County have increased safety, pointing to reduced crash rates at the intersections of highways 38 and K and highways 20 and 45, where roundabouts have been constructed.

Two roundabouts are also planned as part of a Northwestern Avenue rebuild, which begins Monday, one at Spring Street and the other at Albert Street.

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