Residents take closer look at Five Corners roundabout
Story and photo by Kristine Haroldson
Nearly two dozen Edmonds residents interested in learning about the Five Corners Roundabout turned up for a city-sponsored open house Wednesday evening.
Those attending expressed both excitement and concern for the five-way intersection at 212th Street Southwest and 84th Avenue West, which serves as a main entry point from Highway 99 heading west into downtown Edmonds.
City of Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams told the group that Edmonds has had its eye on a roundabout for over a decade. The city recently acquired grants to proceed with the project, Williams added.
A grant of $463,000 came from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. This grant is focused on reducing pollution, and was used for design and right-of-way acquisitions.
“The roundabout will greatly reduce congestion and wait time at the intersection,” Williams said, in turn reducing the cities carbon footprint.
The city also received a nearly $2 million grant from the Puget Sound Regional Council to build the roundabout.
Residents have been divided over whether the roundabout is necessary, and those points of view were expressed again Wednesday night. Those against the roundabout say the five-way stop works fine, and that putting in a roundabout is a waste of money.
However supporters state that, the five-way intersection is impractical and drivers have too many places to look before proceeding.
With the roundabout drivers would only have to look to the left before proceeding, William said.
Now that the city had heard residents’ opinions about the roundabout they will finish the design. The city hopes that construction will begin spring of this year and be finished before winter 2013.