Traffic Circle Proposed For Watertown Road

Traffic Circle Proposed For Watertown Road

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The picture is getting a little clearer of what the Western Boulevard connector road in Watertown will look like.

"It's gonna be a huge improvement to what we have now," said Watertown City Councilwoman Teresa Macaluso.

It's a nearly $6 million project, but all of that money is coming from state and federal aid.

Watertown City Council reviewed three possible designs for the road, which will connect Arsenal Street and Coffeen Street through Stateway Plaza.

All agreed on a design that would build a roundabout where Commerce Park Drive, Gaffney Drive and Western Boulevard all meet.

It would be similar to what you see near Thompson Park.

The other designs call for using stop signs.

"We would have problems at that intersection if people had to come to a complete stop," said Macaluso.

The roundabout is essentially a balancing act, allowing traffic to flow more smoothly.

"It has the effect of slowing down traffic but keeping it moving." said Councilman Steve Jennings.

The new plan will extend a curb along most of the roadway, establishing two entrances for the plaza's parking lot.

The roundabout option helps meet the plaza's needs, allowing more room for parking.

"Helps mitigate that by really pushing the roadway further north away from them (the plaza)." said Justin Wood, city engineer.

If you'd like to share your thoughts on the project's plans with the city, there's a public meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at city hall.

The city plans to have the full picture of what the road will look like by the end of June.

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