Waynesville residents will finally know whether the city will construct a roundabout at the Highway T-Highway 17 intersection soon.
At last week's Waynesville City Council meeting, Mayor Luge Hardman said the council is hoping to reach a decision for construction at an August 15 council meeting.
"Remember that the decision we make will take us into the future, for the next 20 to 30 years," Hardman instructed council members at the July 18 meeting.
According to city administrator Bruce Harrill, should a roundabout initiative not pass, a second option would include a three-way stop light.
Harrill said the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is working with the city to ease traffic backup in the area. In total, the project will cost an estimated $2 million, approximately half of which will be funded by MoDOT.
Preston Kramer, area engineer for MoDOT, previously said that, even though the department favors the roundabout, the organization will ultimately construct whatever the city approves.
Recently, there has been some controversy and discussion among Waynesville citizens whether the city should further roundabout talks, according to Harrill.
The City of Waynesville hosted a public meeting June 26 and allowed citizens to ask questions and voice their concerns about a possible addition of a roundabout at the high-traffic intersection. Approximately 80 citizens attended the public meeting to show support or disdain of the pending project..
Kramer said in a past report that MoDOT views a roundabout as the most practical, efficient option.
Although there was little discussion about the project July 18, councilman Jim Mathews did voice his opinion.
He said when he was recently stopped at the intersection, he asked himself if it would have been more efficient for the cars waiting in the left turn lane to instead pull into a roundabout; he decided that could be the case.
"I've been neutral, but I'm starting to lean toward that roundabout," Mathews said.
The Aug. 15 council meeting will begin 6:30 p.m. in the Waynesville City Hall. For more information about the City of Waynesville, visit www.waynesvillemo.org or call 573-774-6171.