Kirkwood Blvd Roundabout
Constructed in 2017 in front of Prairie Point Middle School (8015 Kirkwood Blvd SW), the new roundabout alleviated the chronic traffic backups that occurred daily during the morning and afternoon drop-off/pick-up times on the College Community School District campus.
The congestion required the presence of a police officer who would assist with traffic control every day. A permanent, long-term solution was needed to ensure the campus could operate efficiently and support future growth.
About the Roundabout
- Single lane roundabout
- Ideal at a school entrance where signals aren’t needed most times throughout the day, but peak times require traffic control.
- The design not only improved the safety and efficiency of this intersection, but also included landscaping to announce and beautify the school’s main entry, rain gardens to treat stormwater runoff, and new energy efficient lighting.
With a strict road closure window of just two and a half months during the school’s summer hiatus, construction was completed on time and the intersection was open two weeks before the start of the school year so that school buses could practice navigating the new roundabout.
The project was completed in March of 2017 at $1.83 million.