WARNER ROBINS -- Drivers will be diverted from portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard beginning next week, as the city starts construction on its first traffic circle.
Traffic will be diverted from the intersection of Wellborn Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Monday, when construction on the first of two roundabouts will begin, according to a news release from the city. Detour signs will be posted.
The first roundabout is set to be completed by March 2014. Construction on the second circle, at University and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, is set to start immediately after the first is complete and be finished by September 2014.
City Engineer Walter Gray was not available Wednesday to discuss the details of the project. He has said the roundabouts were proposed for a low-traffic area to give Warner Robins residents time to become familiar with the multilegged ring that at first may send even the most adept city slicker in frustrating circles.
Its a project that has been talked about since before 2001, when it was included in a special purpose local option sales tax. The original plan for the funds was just to revitalize Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with lighting and sidewalks. The roundabouts were added later.
We gave our word to the citizens that this would be done with SPLOST dollars, said Councilman Daron Lee, who has pushed for the project to be completed.
Chief Financial Officer Bill Harte said $704,000 was budgeted for the whole project. The contract for the roundabouts cost $289,000.
Several factors have delayed the project over the years. First there were the plans, then there was acquiring the rights to land needed, and lately, rainy weather has set back the start date.
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.
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