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Roundabout Being Built at Intersection of Highways 154 and 246


Thursday, January 2, 2014
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Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of highways 154 and 246 near Santa Ynez is set to begin 1/6. The $3.3 million project ​— ​carried out by Granite Construction from Watsonville and expected to be completed by October 2014 ​— ​will include “minimal lane closures,” according to Caltrans. Motorists can expect one-way reversing traffic control and lane closures during the various stages of the project Monday through Friday during nighttime from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and during the day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes, Caltrans reps said.

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I'd really like to see roundabouts at the Fairview/101/101/Fairview intersection as well as Fairview and Calle Real. I think the tricky part with those would be doing it quickly enough and be able to allow traffic through during construction.

That would really show people the effectiveness of roundabouts.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's possible to keep roads open during construction, by starting from the outside and working in. Total construction time takes longer though.
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA, http://tinyurl.com/7qvsaem
The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/6v44a3x).

ScottRAB (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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