JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - The City of Jackson hosted a public ribbon cutting ceremony for the new roundabout.
The ceremony was held on Monday, August 3 at 10 a.m. on the sidewalk in the northeast quadrant of the new roundabout at the intersection of E. Main St. and Shawnee Blvd.
“The opening of this roundabout is very important to the city of Jackson,” said Mayor Dwain Hahs. “This was our most congested intersection that we have. Main Street is our fastest growing, as far as traffic count within the city, so putting in this roundabout is really going to help traffic congestion. We have a school near here. Businesses are really growing on East Main Street, so we’re pleased to get this roundabout, and it’s great to have a roundabout so traffic can continue to flow during 24 hours a day and we don’t have stoppage that occurs during a stoplight, so we are pleased with the project.”
On June 30, the city said the new roundabout was fully open to traffic in all directions. This was ahead of the originally scheduled opening date.
Construction on the project started in December 2019 by Lappe Cement Finishing, Inc. of Friedheim, Mo. for $762,042.21.
The improvements included a concrete roundabout, grading, pavement, storm water controls, sidewalks, striping, street lighting and improved water and sewer lines. It was designed and inspected by Cochran Engineering of Farmington, Mo.
This is the second roundabout in Jackson and the city said it was built to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection and improve access to East Elementary School, Litz Park, local businesses, residential subdivisions and nearby emergency facilities.