Roundabout milestone: Traffic moves around newly-created center island

Roundabout video

Click the photo to watch the video of Tuesday’s roundabout opening.

The Five Corners Roundabout project reached a major milestone Tuesday as crews began breaking up the old roadbed to create the new center island. Traffic now flows around this island in typical roundabout fashion.

“We still have a lot of work to do here,” said Edmonds Capital Projects Manager Jaime Hawkins. “But as of today you can say goodbye to the old five-way stop, and hello to the roundabout.”

Crews relocate traffic barriers on Tuesday morning to divert traffic around the location of the new roundabout center island.

Crews relocate traffic barriers on Tuesday morning to divert traffic around the location of the new roundabout center island.

During the workday sections of the new traffic circle will be blocked off as crews continue pouring curbs and sidewalks, constructing planting areas, and completing other tasks. According to Hawkins, while some construction delays will continue into late September, these will be limited to the workday. After hours and on weekends, traffic will move in the new circular pattern.

Crews remove the final barriers to allow the first vehicle, a school bus, onto the new roundabout roadbed.

Crews remove the final barriers to allow the first vehicle, a school bus, onto the new roundabout roadbed.

Information on how to drive a roundabout can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website. A WSDOT brochure on how to drive roundabouts is also be available on the first floor at Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N.

Questions or concerns? Email Jaime Hawkins at jaime.hawkins@edmondswa.gov or call him directly 425-754-4106.

– Photos and video by Larry Vogel

Marking out the area where pavement will be removed to create the new roundabout center island.

Marking out the area where pavement will be removed to create the new roundabout center island.

The old pavement is broken up to create the new center island.

The old pavement is broken up to create the new center island.

Edmond PD Sgt. Machado directs traffic onto the new roundabout roadbed as work crews break up the pavement in what will become the roundabout center island.

Edmond PD Sgt. Machado directs traffic onto the new roundabout roadbed as work crews break up the pavement in what will become the roundabout center island.

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  1. Rest in peace, John Pierre…

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