City Council to consider plans for Oak Street Improvement Project with Roundabout

Item moved to March 20th Council Meeting, from March 6th

At the March 20th City Council meeting, the Roseville City Council will be presented for their approval the construction drawings to build a roundabout at the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Blvd in downtown Roseville.  The item was originally scheduled for the March 6th City Council meeting.

If the City Council approves the construction drawings, the Oak Street improvements with roundabout will begin construction in the spring of 2013 and would be expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Extensive traffic analysis shows better traffic flow at the intersection with a roundabout as compared to the existing traffic signal at both current and future traffic volumes.  A roundabout at this intersection will also provide a signature feature in the downtown area, creating a sense of place and providing an amenity to enhance the downtown as envisioned by the Downtown Specific Plan approved by Council in 2009.

Also, as a part of the adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan, the downtown area was designated as a pedestrian district with an emphasis on calming traffic which is more pedestrian friendly and comfortable for people.

On May 2, 2012, the Roseville City Council approved funding to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Boulevard and directed city engineers to prepare the construction drawings.  The project was unanimously recommended by the Roseville Transportation Commission on April 17, 2012.  

The roundabout would be part of planned improvements to Oak Street from Lincoln to Grant Streets.  The cost of the Oak Street Improvement Project is estimated to be $2.8 million and is funded by a federal grant, traffic impact fees, and local funding.  

The Oak Street Improvement project also includes traffic signals at both Oak & Grant and Oak & Lincoln.  It would also include a pedestrian mid-block crossing of Oak Street aligned with the stairs to Oak Street from the Civic Center – which will ultimately provide a straight path over a bridge crossing Dry Creek and into Royer Park. 

The project also includes lane reconfiguration on Oak Street; landscaping; and curb/gutter/sidewalk improvements on Oak Street.  With the roundabout, all of these elements work together to create the downtown pedestrian area the Downtown Specific Plan envisions. 

Read more about the proposed roundabout and work being done in downtown Roseville.