Roundabout raises winter weather concerns

The new roundabout at the corner of Highway 200 and Highway 22 on the south end of Killdeer was a heated topic of conversation at the Killdeer City Commission meeting on Monday, Nov. 5.

Posted November 16, 2012

BY ANDREW FROST

Special to the Dunn County Herald

The new roundabout at the corner of Highway 200 and Highway 22 on the south end of Killdeer was a heated topic of conversation at the Killdeer City Commission meeting on Monday, Nov. 5.

The roundabout was recently installed by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to alleviate traffic congestion at the busy intersection.

City Auditor Dawn Marquardt told the commission that the NDDOT has agreed to handle the cost of lighting and will send trucks to maintain the roundabout during inclement weather.

As of Nov. 5, the ND DOT trucks would be coming from the Beulah and Hazen area to carry out winter weather maintenance on the roundabout.

Killdeer Police Chief Chris Fenstermaker discussed the issues the roundabout posed during the first winter weather of the year. He said that the roundabout needed to be shut down three or four times due to vehicle incidents and accidents.

Commissioner Joel Spethman recognized the issues at the roundabout and asked the rest of the commissioners if there was a contingency plan in place in case of further closures of the intersection. Spethman asked the commission that if the roundabout needs to be shut down due to weather, “What’s plan B?”

The commissioners and Fenstermaker all agreed that the roundabout is a unique project. They also recognized that snow removal and winter weather maintenance would be a new situation due to the experimental nature of the intersection. “We’re going to be the ones dealing with something new,” said Fenstermaker about controlling traffic flow in the roundabout during bad weather.

 


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