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Roundabout construction under way, detours in place

The new roundabout will have a "peanut shape" and will be similar to 13 others in Columbus – allowing motorists to drive in a circular interchange to their desired street. The new roundabout will have a "peanut shape" and will be similar to 13 others in Columbus – allowing motorists to drive in a circular interchange to their desired street.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

You may have noticed traffic backing up a bit near Gerard Street at Lakebottom Park. That's because construction on the new roundabout is under way.

Officials with the city engineering office say the project is on schedule and is expected to be completed in about two months.

About two months ago, Columbus City Council approved a $300,000 contract to construct the new roundabout near St. Elmo School and St. Elmo Place.

"We have had problems with traffic control -people that are going around [to the] right, go too fast around the curb and people who try to go north on 18th Avenue don't even touch their brakes at the stop sign," said Traffic Engineering Manager Ron Hamlett.

Many who live, work and play near that intersection say it's hard to tell who has the right of way.  According to traffic records, there have been nine accidents at that intersection in the last five years.

The new roundabout will have a "peanut shape" and will be similar to 13 others in Columbus – allowing motorists to drive in a circular interchange to their desired street.

Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route during construction.  Detour signs also in place to help direct traffic.

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