Public can learn about roundabout at June 19 meeting SNOHOMISH - The design work for the 15th Street and Avenue D roundabout is about 30 percent complete, and last week the City Council selected a preferred design alternative.
The roundabout will have sidewalks and feature a center island with banner poles to highlight city events or seasonal decorations, a sign welcoming drivers to the city and trees that will feature lighting at night.
The center island will also likely have rain gardens and other landscaping.
The final design is expected to be completed by late summer.
The city has scheduled a community meeting for Wednesday, June 19 for the public to learn more about the project. The meeting is from 4 to 5 p.m. at Snohomish Fire District 4 headquarters at 1525 Ave. D.
The city anticipates being able to begin advertising for construction bids by late fall, with actual construction beginning in 2013 and continuing into 2014.
Public works director Steve Schuller said the general popularity of traffic roundabouts has been increasing in recent years, and this traffic feature has significant safety benefits. “The science of building roundabouts has really changed,” Schuller said.
The city hired Reid Middleton to design the roundabout.
The project is part of the city’s sales tax supported transportation benefit district project list and has $1.5 million in federal funding.