Update: (to a story I brought you FIRST last Friday… despite what another media outlet is reporting on its website!) The city is pulling the roundabout proposal, but only for a few weeks. Each roundabout will be introduced, voted on and dealt with individually. Not really a big deal.. each round about I told you about is still on the table. The funding’s already been approved by the federal government.. it now just up to the city council to decide whether to proceed. End of update!
Richmond is looking at building some more roundabouts in the city. The last one was finished a few months ago in Church Hill at 25th street. It caused an uproar while under construction, but it’s been quiet since it opened. The new roundabouts are being considered for:
1) 25th, Fairmount Avenue and Nine Mile Road
2) Belt Boulevard and Hull Street Road
3) 23rd and Fairfield Avenue
4) Roanoke Street and Forest Hill
The last is the most controversial of the proposed projects. Residents are already asking a lot of questions and have major concerns about Forest Hill Park. Traffic engineers admit several trees will have to go and .2 of an acre of the park would be gobbled up by the roundabout. The measure is currently before city council. Here’s a link to my full story.