Despite the Village of Caledonia vote against a roundabout at Highway 38 and 5-Mile Road, the state Department of Transportation is going ahead anyway.
The reasons, DOT officials said in a letter to the village, is to make the intersection safer because roundabouts force drivers to slow down, a story in The Journal Times reads.
Efforts to make the area safer haven’t noticeably slowed the number of accidents. Four-way stop signs and bright, orange markers were installed in 2013, the story continues, but 11 accidents have been recorded there.
DOT engineer Stacey Pierce told Caledonia officials in a letter that the intersection of Highway 38 and 5-Mile Road is just too dangerous to do nothing.
“The Department appreciates the consideration of the Public Works Committee and the Village Board, but with the severe crash history at the intersection we feel obligated to proceed,” his letter is quoted.
Costs of the project are estimated to come in between $2.3 and $2.5 million, with most of the money coming from federal transportation funds. The rest will come from the state.
Caledonia Administrator Tom Christensen told the newspaper the village will not contribute any money.
Construction is scheduled to begin in either 2020 or 2021, the story concludes.