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Rounding the corners in Sterling

Council moving ahead on roundabout; will vote on engineering study Monday

STERLING – If the City Council approves an engineering agreement at Monday’s meeting, the city will be on its way to having its first roundabout.

The council is scheduled to vote on an agreement for engineering services with Mead & Hunt in Middleton, Wisconsin, for a roundabout to be built at Lynn Boulevard and West LeFevre Road. The total cost, including subsurface investigations and a physical feature study, would be $99,950.

Discussion on the proposed intersection change has been ongoing since last year. In December, Troy Pankratz, senior project manager at Mead & Hunt, discussed a study the firm did on the intersection.

The analysis was in anticipation of Halo Branded Solutions’s 157,000-square-foot global headquarters, which opened in April. Halo has plans to create 250 jobs over the next 5 years, which would double its current workforce, and increase traffic near the plant. Currently, there are stop signs both ways on Lynn, but none on LeFevre.

The Mead & Hunt study found that a single-lane roundabout would provide for a safer intersection than an intersection with traffic signals.

Mead & Hunt found several factors at the intersection that would make it well-suited to having a roundabout, including a 45-mph approach on Lynn, constraints on seeing objects at a distance, Lynn Boulevard being a truck route, and pedestrian and bicycle path crossings.

If the council approves the agreement, a preliminary study would have to be done by Sept. 28, with preliminary design by Oct. 31, and bid letting by the end of February.

The city also has been discussing a roundabout in the Wallace and Avenue A area that would slow vehicle traffic and improve visibility for the influx of pedestrians expected as riverfront redevelopment progresses, but the roundabout near Halo has been deemed a higher priority, so the city is not sure when the Wallace Street roundabout will be built.

Silo mural

The council also will address a request by artist Annie Hermes to paint a mural on the silos in the 200 block of Third Avenue. Hermes has requested to start work Sept. 8, and would need council approval to close the north lane of Second Street to allow a lift.

Under the city’s current ordinance, a permit is required from the city’s Mural Commission to allow a mural to be painted, but the commission is currently vacant. The council will discuss Hermes’ request, the existing ordinance, and the commission.

TO ATTEND

The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Sterling Coliseum, 212 Third Ave.

Go to boarddocs.com/il/cosil/Board.nsf/Public to view or download an agenda.

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