Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Construction on a traffic roundabout at the intersection of University Drive and Fifth Avenue South is expected to end in October. Construction began Aug. 1, nearly a month late due to the Minnesota state government shutdown.
For much of the summer, traffic on University Drive was reduced to one lane in each direction. The intersections of Fifth Avenue South and University Drive and Seventh Avenue South and University Drive were closed.
When completed, the University Drive roundabout will be one of a half-dozen in the St. Cloud area. Advocates cite simplicity, reduced crash severity and lower maintenance costs among the reasons the roundabout traffic-control strategy is becoming popular in Minnesota.