CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The first roundabout in Cedar Rapids opened on Monday, August 14, 2017, ahead of schedule. The roundabout is located at the intersection of Kirkwood Blvd SW at the entrance to Prairie Point Middle School (just south of 76th Avenue) on the College Community School District’s campus.
College Community parents and stakeholders have the opportunity to talk with staff regarding the new roundabout, learn more about safety and efficiency, see a simulation video of how the roundabout will work, and drive the roundabout with a City traffic engineer before the start of the new school year:
Mobile Open House
DATE: Friday, August 18
TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Parking lot west of Kirkwood Blvd SW and Prairie Point Middle School, adjacent to the roundabout.
“We are very pleased with the project’s early completion, and look forward to talking with parents about its safety and efficiency features before the start of the school year,” says Traffic Engineering Program Manager John Witt.
Roundabouts are effective at moving high volumes of traffic. They are more efficient than traffic signals at schools, where signalized intersections are often not needed during the majority of the day, but peak morning and afternoon times require effective traffic control. They also help slow traffic speeds and reduce the severity of crashes.
The entire project on Kirkwood Blvd included the single lane roundabout, a culvert, sidewalks, street lighting, and landscaping, and was awarded a $500,000 safety grant from the State of Iowa.
To learn more about roundabouts, please visit www.cityofcr.com/roundabouts.