This Rickelman Avenue and Fourth Street intersection is currently a 4-way stop. Traffic volumes have grown over the years as more people travel to and from the Keller Drive business area north of the interstate. Existing problems with the intersection will worsen as traffic increases.
Planning for growth
As infrastructure improvements become more expensive, it is important that we look ahead and plan for the future. We expect this area will see a lot of growth so we are planning street improvements.
The long-term plan is to extend Ford Avenue east to Fourth Street and create a route around the north portion of the city. This project will:
- Help new development and the traffic that comes with it
- Be a main route around the north part of the city
- Connect with Outer Belt West and the interstate interchanges
In 2017, we completed a traffic study to understand the impact future development would have on the streets in the area. One conclusion of that study was that a roundabout would provide an efficient, safe intersection at Rickelman and Fourth. We are now starting the design of that intersection.
There is not yet a roundabout in our area. It may take some education and time for people to learn about this type of intersection.
Roundabouts are a proven style of intersection that is effective in slowing vehicles down while keeping them moving efficiently. They use the following physical geometry:
- Curves in travel lanes
- Center island
Roundabouts are proven to be significantly safer than a traditional signalized intersection. When roundabouts are used in the right place, they:
- Decrease the time it takes to get through the intersection
- Increase safety for vehicles and pedestrians
The proposed roundabout at Rickelman and Fourth will be the simplest kind of roundabout, a single-lane roundabout. We are confident that the location and design of this roundabout will:
- Make it easy to use
- Keep traffic moving
- Prevent serious crashes