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$2.4 million roundabout expected by late October

Construction of a $2.4 million roundabout at one of Grass Valley’s busiest intersections – Idaho-Maryland Road and East Main Street – could get underway next month and end in October at a lower than expected cost.

The Grass Valley City Council is expected to award a bid for the roundabout at tonight’s meeting, said Tim Kiser, the city’s director of Public Works. Hansen Bros. Enterprises of Grass Valley has submitted a bid of $1.4 million for construction phase of the project, apparently the lowest of six bids. The highest bid of $2.1 million was offered by a Chico construction firm.

“We really got a good bid at $1.4 million,” Kiser said. “Most of the work will be done at night to avoid traffic impacts during the day.”

City officials hope the work can start July 1, Kiser said. If that happens, the construction schedule of 80 working days puts completion at Oct. 20.

Drivers will be routed into the roundabout in phases to get them acclimated to the different intersection layout, Kiser said.

Roundabouts use yield signs at corners to feed traffic into a constant left turning circle, with no stop signs involved. A smaller roundabout has been built at Sierra College at the intersection of Sierra College Drive and Litton Springs Road.

The middle of the Idaho-Maryland roundabout circle is slated to have trees and decorative additions for esthetics. Roundabout designers say placing things in the middle of the circle stops confusion, as well as preventing motorists from driving over the top of them.

The city recently bought 3,255 square feet of land for $82,000 from Hills Flat Lumber to have more room to build the roundabout, which will also accept and direct traffic for the Golden Center Freeway in Grass Valley. Caltrans is expected to work on highway improvements to go along with the roundabout.

The council meets at 7 p.m. tonight in their chambers at city hall, 125 East Main St., Grass Valley.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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