Traffic Circle at Robert E. Lee Statue Being Converted to Roundabout

Construction will begin on Friday, October 9 on a major transportation project designed to improve traffic safety at the intersections of Monument Avenue and Allen Avenue by converting the existing traffic circle into a modern roundabout. The work is expected to last through early January 2016.

The scope of the work at the four legs, or intersections, leading into the current circle includes the installation of medians and corner island extensions, concrete sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, pedestrian crosswalks, signage, pavement markings and landscaping.

The improvements will create an easier and safer means for motorists to travel through and pedestrians to cross the intersecting roads.

Those driving through the area may experience occasional single lane closures. Allen Avenue may be closed at times during construction, however proper work zone signage will be provided throughout the project construction.

The total project cost is estimated at $550,000, with half being paid through VDOT Revenue Sharing.

There are currently seven roundabouts in the City and approximately four others either under construction or in the planning stage.

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