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Busy Dubuque intersection could become a roundabout

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A busy and somewhat dangerous Dubuque intersection could soon become a roundabout. Dubuque City council members voted to approve an application for a $500,000 Traffic Safety Improvement grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation. If approved, the funds could be used to create a roundabout at the five-way intersection of North Grandview Avenue and Delhi and Grace streets in Dubuque.

"I would call it a confusing intersection," Assistant City Engineer, Bob Schiesel said, "When you go out and you watch people's traffic behaviors, a lot of cars pull out (into the intersection) and half way into the intersection kind of look around and see who's going to take the next turn."

Assistant City Engineer Bob Schiesel said the intersection would be the first roundabout in the city of Dubuque. He said the Iowa Department of transportation identified the five-way intersection as a possible location for a roundabout after an annual meeting with state transportation officials.

An estimated 19,000 vehicles travel through the intersection daily, according to Schiesel. Over the past 10 years, 36 broadside or sideswipe accidents have been reported at the intersection.

The projects estimated cost is $650,000. If the grant is awarded to the city, the city would be responsible for about $150,000 in construction costs.

Marie Chambers has lived near the intersection for 2 years. She said she believe a roundabout could help cut down on speeding and the congestion of the area at certain times of the day.

"Absolutely, especially when the kids are coming out of school. I sit out here worried that they might get hit or something," Chambers said.

Lynda Murphy has owned a business near the intersection for just over a year. She said she likes that idea of roundabouts, but she is not sure if the five-way intersection is the best place for a roundabout.

"I'm concerned about the room, I'm concerned that they may take away the sports on my street in front of my office," Murphy said.

KWWL talked to another business owner in the area who also expressed the same concerns.

Bob Schiesel said the intersection is already large enough to accommodate a roundabout. He said construction could begin as early as next summer, but early 2016 is more of a realistic start date.

Schiesel said this particular intersection was not included in the East-West Corridor study in the city of Dubuque.

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