Waynesville residents who have been hoping to express their opinions about the possibility of a roundabout being constructed at the junction of highway 17 and T highway in Waynesville will have a chance on Tuesday.
A public meeting is going to be held at Waynesville Career Center on June 25 at 5:30 p.m. to allow residents to express their concerns and ask questions of the MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) representative who will be present.
MoDOT Meramec area engineer Preston Kramer told the Daily Guide, during an interview in May, that MoDOT was leaning heavily towards solving traffic issues at the intersection of 17 and T highway with a roundabout sparking a strong reaction from members of the community.
Kramer said at the time of the interview that there would only likely be one public hearing on the issue but that MoDOT would "certainly take the public's input into consideration," but "if a roundabout is the right answer, then it will go in there."
The intersection in question experiences heavy traffic flow, according to the city, during the morning and evening rush. There have been several accidents in the area in the last few years and MoDOT says it believes a roundabout may help to solve this problem by slowing traffic down while keeping it moving. If a roundabout is installed in Waynesville, it will be the first one in Pulaski County.
The Daily Guide put up an informal poll on Facebook, when the possibility of a roundabout was first announced, and readers answered heavily against the installation of a roundabout. The public meeting next Tuesday will allow locals to express their opinions to MoDOT and the city about this issue.
Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman said that MoDOT would definitely be present at the meeting during the Thursday night meeting of the Waynesville City Council and invited citizens to attend.