6 months ago by Scott Hardy
Public learned more about proposed changes
A Public Informational meeting for the 48th Street road projects was held Wednesday night at the Quincy Holiday Inn, 4821 Oak Street.
A long line of people waited to file through one of the meeting rooms at the Holiday Inn, where plan sheets and other informational materials were available for viewing, including a layout of how 48th Street will look after the conversion. People were also able to leave written comments about the proposed changes.
The projects consist of a 4-lane to 3-lane striping conversion from State Street to Columbus Road, known as a “road diet”, and the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 48th Street and State Street.
When asked why a roundabout was chosen over a traffic signal, City of Quincy Director of Utilities and Engineering Jeff Conte said “The roundabout idea would be the most cost-effective in the long term. The cost of signalization is roughly the same as building a roundabout, but you have maintenance with signals that you don’t have with a roundabout. Once a roundabout’s built, all you have to maintain is the pavement.”
Conte also mentioned the safety advantage of a roundabout. “With a roundabout, if there are any car crashes, they’d be glancing side-to-side blows, whereas with a traffic signal, if you have an accident, say someone runs a red light, you have a T-bone accident or possibly a head-on collision. So it’s more dangerous. That’s really what swayed the city and the county’s opinion towards proposing the roundabout.”
Adams County Chief Engineer Jim Frankenhoff felt that drivers would adapt quickly to the roundabout. “I don’t think it’ll be an issue myself. I’ve gone through a few of them. The first one was more naturally more confusing, more or less looking and watching, because we were in the process of doing all of this work, but once we did it, it was very simple to maneuver, and it was a dual lane, as opposed to a single lane.”
As to what happens next, Frankenhoff said “We will be going through all the comment sheets to determine what happens there, see if the effort is agreeable to both the city and the county to proceed, and depending on that, that will trigger some other actions as to whether or not the roundabout goes as well, whether or not we have to configure part of the road diet to address the roundabout, and how road changes are around the city of Quincy after that.”
The road diet would resemble Maine between 30th and 36th Streets. The needed restriping should be completed this summer at a cost of about $100,000.
Next summer, if all goes according to plan, the roundabout would be added to 48th and State, at a cost of about $1.5 million.