Scene in Edmonds: Five Corners roundabout work underway

Barricades are already in place and crews are busy at Five Corners as construction of the new roundabout begins.  The overhead lines in this photo will soon be a thing of the past; part of the roundabout design calls for undergrounding power and other utilities.

Barricades are already in place and crews are busy at Five Corners as construction of the new roundabout begins. The overhead lines in this photo will soon be a thing of the past; part of the roundabout design calls for undergrounding power and other utilities. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

Get ready for a summer of construction and traffic delays at Five Corners, as the new roundabout takes shape.

The project kicked off this week with construction crews paving the way by removing and relocating landscaping and other features that will be replaced by the planned improvements. The final design calls for removal of unsightly power poles and overhead lines, and PUD crews are already on site preparing to underground the new utility lines and equipment.

Work crew supervisors say the project is “on track” and should be completed within the planned 120-day construction period.

Crews remove some landscaping from the grounds of Calvary Chapel to make way for the new roundabout. "We'll be putting in new landscaping later this summer," said a member of the work crew.

Crews remove some landscaping from the grounds of Calvary Chapel to make way for the new roundabout. “We’ll be putting in new landscaping later this summer,” said a member of the work crew.

Crews from Snohomish County PUD are on site making preliminary preparations to underground power and other utility lines.

Snohomish County PUD is on site making preliminary preparations to underground power and other utility lines.

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4 Comments

  1. Let the boondoggling begin!

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  3. Crashes Increase at New York State’s Roundabouts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2011/06/28/204259.htm

  4. That’s great news about the utility under grounding! Wires on both sides of the street is too ugly for words.

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