City to Open 25th Street Roundabout

The City’s Department of Public Works has completed work on a new roundabout at the intersection of 25th Street, Nine Mile Road and Fairmont in Churchill.  Plans for the roundabout were part of the corridor improvements presented in the East End Transformation Plan. Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond City Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, East End 7th Voter District, will announce the opening of the roundabout at National Night Out festivities in Churchill tonight.

 “I’m so pleased that we are seeing many of the things the community talked about during the Church Hill visioning process come into being,” said Mayor Jones. “Step by step, we are bringing about changes in housing, infrastructure, health and education and this roundabout project beautifies this anchor corridor providing a welcomed makeover that will improve traffic flow and safety.”

 “The 25th Street and Nine Mile Road corridor is an important commercial gateway for the East End/7th District,” commented Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille. “There has been comprehensive community informed planning for our district and this project is a reflection of that. We look forward to more improvements in the very near future.”

 The roundabout will open to traffic on August 5, 2015. The intersection will no longer be controlled by traffic signals; instead, the new roundabout provides a circular intersection with yield control for entering traffic, splitter islands on the approaches, and appropriate roadway curvature to reduce vehicle speeds. Minor work will continue to include ornamental and overhead street lighting installation.

 The City constructed this project using Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds and the total cost of the project was $1,100,000.

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