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Input on La Grand Township Roundabout Presented to County Board

Posted: 09/02/2020

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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County Engineer and Public Works Director Tim Erickson shared input from the Roundabout Open House held August 20. Most of the people who offered opinions said it’s about time the county addresses this intersection.

About 20 people attended the evening open house to learn more about the proposed roundabout at the intersection of CSAH 8 and CSAH 40 in La Grand Township. Erickson told the board the people who are against the roundabout are adamantly opposed. Their reasons include: they prefer a four-way stop, which one said will slow traffic just fine; there are other intersections that are more dangerous; the four-way stop is less expensive and you can’t trust people to yield to traffic already in the roundabout.  

The proposed roundabout is part of a major overhaul of the intersection which will be redesigned to improve site lines and better align the roadways. The cost is expected to be $1.6 million. It is part of the County Highway Improvement Plan and will be paid for through the special half-cent local option sales tax that was adopted in 2014. A roundabout will cost about $6,000 more than a four-way stop. Erickson told the commissioners those in favor of the roundabout believe it will slow traffic down on CSAH 40 and will also eliminate the need for a complete stop which is advantageous for bigger trucks. The intersection was recently the scene of a fatal crash and one person attending the open house asked, “what’s the cost of a life”?

If built, the roundabout will be able to accommodate farm machinery, fire trucks and other large vehicles.

Commissioners have not given final approval for the roundabout but have determined there will not be a public hearing.  The overall project is scheduled to go out for bids next spring.




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