GREENFIELD — The new roundabout at New Road and Franklin Street is expected to open no later than Wednesday, a week and a half after the targeted completion date.
Construction crews spent Monday striping the new intersection and placing temporary streetlights. Permanent streetlights should be installed within the next three weeks, but that should not affect traffic flow.
“I know people are anxious for it to get opened up,” said city engineer Mike Fruth.
Cold, wet weather delayed the project, which began in September. The intersection was completely closed in mid-October, and construction was supposed to last 30 days.
About 9,000 people drive through the intersection every day when it’s open, and Fruth said it’s obvious motorists are eager for the project to be completed. Some motorists tried driving around barricades Monday even though road closure and detour signs have been in place for weeks.
Ronnie Rhea, superintendent for E&B Paving, said it’s been a common occurrence for people to drive up to the site, either to check on the progress or to try to drive through.
“They’re trying to go through it, but they realize they can’t,” Rhea said.
Karla Vincent, assistant city engineer, said striping and cleanup will be completed today and the intersection will be opened Wednesday at the latest.
Meanwhile, roundabout construction at New Road and Apple Street continues. It is taking longer than the west side roundabout because it can never be entirely closed; it is the only exit for residents of the Hickory Hills subdivision.
“(Construction) is going to continue as long as weather will permit it,” said Marc Hollingsworth, project manager for USI Consultants.
Hollingsworth said weather has delayed that project as well, but a layer of asphalt was laid Monday on the southern half of the roundabout, signaling that it is near completion.
Starting as early as Nov. 26, a new traffic pattern will veer motorists onto the completed side of the roundabout so construction of the north side can begin. Apple Street south of New Road will remain closed.
Most of the roundabout may be completed in early January, with finishing touches added in the spring.
Once both roundabouts are completed, there will be six in the city and no immediate plans for more. Greenfield officials targeted intersections in a thoroughfare plan based on high traffic counts or as a way to improve an otherwise awkward road design.