Waynesville city council voted yes to placing a roundabout at the junction of Old Route 66 (Highway 17) and T Highway Thursday night.
Council members Jerry Brown, William Paolicelli and Diana Stanford voted against the project.
Stanford said she felt lowering the speed limit would solve the problems experienced at the intersection and Brown expressed concerns about the million dollar cost the city would incur for the installation of the roundabout and other improvements on that stretch of road in the wake of the flooding disaster recently experienced by the city.
MoDOT and the city will be splitting the two million dollar cost of improvements to that end of Old Route 66, which includes the roundabout.
Mayor pro-tem Mike France said the city had already planned for the money that would be used for the improvements in the long term budget before the flooding took place.
City administrator Bruce Harrill said that the cost share agreement with MoDOT was over 10 years with low-interest financing.
The vote came at this time because the city had promised MoDOT that there would be a decision from the council by August.
Councilman Jim Mathews suggested, at the meeting held to discuss the roundabout a couple of months ago, that right turn lane be incorporated into the design for drivers leaving Old Route 66 and turning onto T highway. The council wasn't able to vote on that suggestion at the meeting, but Harrill said a turn lane was something that could be incorporated during the engineering phase of the project.
The subject of the roundabout has been a controversial one for the city and even amid all the discussion of the flooding during the open comments of the council meeting, citizens expressed their disagreement with the project.
Ruth Gordon, of Waynesville, spoke in opposition to the roundabout, asking the city council to "table it," saying "95 percent" of locals don't want a roundabout constructed at the intersection.
Residents will not likely see construction on the roundabout begin for more than a year, while MoDOT and the city engineer the project and make the site ready for construction.