WARNER ROBINS -- The city’s second roundabout isn’t at a particularly busy intersection -- yet.
Mayor Randy Toms said before a ribbon cutting Tuesday he thinks the circular roadway at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and University boulevards could help spur more development in the area.
The roundabout is close to Middle Georgia State College, a base gate, Warner Robins High School and a planned veterans training center.
It’s close to the city’s other roundabout, at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wellborn Road, which opened in December.
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The contract to build both roundabouts was $289,000, part of a $704,000 plan to revitalize Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a city official told The Telegraph earlier.
Money from a 2001 special purpose sales tax initiative is paying for the work.
Grass seed put down two weeks ago hasn’t come through yet, leaving the newest roundabout covered in dirt. City Engineer Walter Gray said the city is seeking a sponsor to adopt the roundabout and do more in-depth landscaping at the site.
A church-owned street, Cannon Road, has been closed near the roundabout after the church decided it didn’t want access to the roundabout.
Later work will connect curbs and gutters through the area, from near Warner Robins High’s McConnell-Talbert Stadium to the Middle Georgia State College campus and to the Wellborn Road roundabout.
Gray said the city plans to extend Wall Street from near Wellborn Road to Armed Forces Boulevard, through Memorial Park, which would give better access to the veterans training center.
Any money left from the 2001 special purpose tax would go to improving Wellborn Road, he said.
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