Heavy traffic expected at intersection during construction of roundabout
The staff of the city of Quincy is encouraging people to avoid the intersection of 13th Avenue SW and F Street SW completely if at all possible as construction of a roundabout begins.
The roundabout project will mean that for several months traffic at the intersection will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers.
Preliminary pipe work has been underway for a week. The main phase of construction could begin as early as April 4.
Because of the anticipated impact on traffic, parents with children attending the schools on 13th Avenue SW are encouraged to avoid the intersection.
In an email, Maintenance Supervisor Dave Reynolds said that city staff had discussed transportation during the roundabout construction period with the school district and arrived at a request that parents drop their children off at the ends of the paved walking path rather than driving to Monument Elementary.
One trailhead for the walking path is at the intersection of 10th Avenue and L Street SW, and the other is at Seventh Avenue and N Street SW.
Reynolds advised extra caution and patience while driving on these streets to and from the trailheads.
There is one other, longer alternative: a southern route on county roads will allow drivers to avoid the intersection and circle back to Quincy in four miles.
Reynolds also noted that it is illegal for the general public to use the canal as an access road. Motorists can be cited for trespassing.
Closures, diversions and delays will vary from day to day, with little or no warning, Reynolds stated. The city will post updates almost daily on its Facebook page and encourages people to share that information with as many people as possible.
By Dave Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org