Rain and cold weather didn’t deter area residents from attending a Missouri Department of Transportation public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, to discuss improvements to the intersection of Hwy. 25 and Route K in Gordonville. The meeting was held at Gordonville Elementary School.
MoDOT announced plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 25 and Route K.
“We conducted a study to examine installing a traffic signal or constructing a roundabout in this location,” said MoDOT Project Manager Tim Pickett. “Through the study, the preferred alternate was to construct a roundabout. The proposed roundabout will help traffic-flow efficiency and will result in fewer delays during non-peak hours.”
In addition, roundabouts tend to be safer, said Christopher Crocker, a representative of MoDOT at the meeting. At ‘T” intersections, accidents occur when drivers fail to yield or stop. These may occur at high speeds, and often one vehicle is struck on the side by another vehicle (“T-boned”), causing greater damage to the vehicles and possibly causing serious injuries and deaths.
If vehicles collide in roundabouts, they tend to be going slower and in the same direction. The crash tends to be more of a gentle sideswipe, causing less damage and having less chance of serious injury or death.
Signalized intersections have 20 conflict points, or spots where vehicles could collide. Roundabouts reduce that number to eight.
The fewer conflict points combined with lower speeds and calmer traffic translate into as much as 75 percent fewer crashes, according to a MoDOT handout.
The project is expected to be let in May 2023, with construction beginning as early as summer 2023. Construction will be staged to allow the area to remain open with minor, short-term lane closures as connections are made to the existing pavement.
Completion is anticipated in winter 2023.
As traffic lanes on Hwy. 25 and Route K approach the roundabout, there will be raised concrete islands (at least 4” tall to direct traffic correctly into the roundabout.
Input was sought from the public at the meeting regarding plans to add right-turn-only lanes from northbound Hwy. 25 onto eastbound Route K and from westbound Route K onto northbound Hwy. 25. These lanes would allow traffic to turn right and bypass roundabout traffic.
A screen printing business in the southeast corner of the intersection will have its driveway moved east to get it away from the roundabout and allow for better access.
The Winks gas station and convenience store on the north side of Route K will keep its two driveways, but the western drive will have right in-right-out traffic only. Eastbound traffic on Route K will not be able to enter that driveway; it will use the eastern driveway only.
For more information, please contact Pickett at 573- 472-9003 or MoDOT’s /Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). The project website is available at www.modot.org/route25andk.