Two new roundabouts coming to Kimball Junction
December 6, 2011
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion at Kimball Junction and pave the way for new development, the Council of Governments on Monday night approved the construction of two roundabouts on Ute Boulevard and Newpark Boulevard.
The $1.5 million road project comes in anticipation of an additional 50,000 square-feet of commercial space and an affordable housing project as part of a recommendation by the Village at Kimball Junction, located east of State Road 224.
The first roundabout at Ute Boulevard is estimated to be completed by 2012, the second one by 2013.
The money will come from Summit County’s Corridor Preservation Fund, which is funded by a $10 fee every resident pays when registering a vehicle. The fund was established by the state with the promise they would match it to help counties preserve entry corridors.
The Council of Governments, which is made up of the Summit County Council and six county mayors, was created in 2006 with the primary purpose of deciding whether or not to enact the $10 fee and how to spend those revenues.
According to Kent Wilkerson, Summit County’s transportation engineer, the state has never contributed to the fund, but they do control it and have set guidelines that it can only be used for the purchase of land to enhance entry corridors. The fund was previously used to enhance Landmark Drive, a $550,000 project that included the addition of a roundabout and road resurfacing.
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Wilkerson estimates that it will cost $600,000 to purchase the land needed to build the two roundabouts and about $900,000 for the design and construction. The fund currently totals $1.4 million and is estimated to have over $2 million by the end of 2012.
"We have already been in discussion with landowners in the area and while this is a county project, we are not operating in a box," Wilkerson said. "We are working with the developers of the Village at Kimball Junction and with business owners who will be affected by the project."
The Council of Governments voted five to one to approve the expenditures, despite objections by Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard over the legality of the project since the area "did not seem to constitute an entry corridor."
Wilkerson said in the future, Oakley’s Main Street and the Silver Creek Drive/U.S. 40 intersection will be considered for improvements using the Corridor Preservation Fund.