N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will soon start building a roundabout at the intersection of N.C. 3 and Odell School Road, west of Kannapolis. The $990,317 project was awarded last month to NJR Group, Inc. out of Albemarle.
The project has a floating start date, meaning work can commence between July 11 – Sept. 6. Once the contractor does begin work, the contract allows up to six weeks to build the roundabout, which must open no later than Nov. 4.
The intersection will be closed to traffic so contract crews can safely build the roundabout. Drivers will be detoured during construction along Odell School Road, N.C. 3, and Windy Road, returning to Odell School Road.
Roundabouts improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. They also help reduce the congestion and backups more typical at traditional intersections with stop signs and traffic signals.
NCDOT has produced a video showing how roundabouts work and improve overall safety.
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