Wednesday, October 19, 2011
There is a rumor floating around town about a roundabout going in at 10th and Ustick. One of our good people at Caldwell City Hall has asked THE GUARDIAN to help quash this rumor. City Engineering and Streets just put in a very nice signalized intersection at 10th and Ustick and have no plans in the near or distant future to put a roundabout at this intersection.
Additionally, we would offer to our good readers there are finite limits ( nice word for maximums) to the amounts of vehicles a roundabout can handle and the traffic projections for 10th and Ustick are way above the inherent limits of a roundabout. Depending on which guru you subscribe to the limits of a roundabout is in the neighborhood of 20k-25k vehicles per day.
We know there are several other intersections getting consideration for roundabouts like Florida and Ustick and perhaps Indiana and Ustick but at this point it all exists as a wish list by City Engineering and Streets. Caldwell is out of money with the fact they are up against the TAX CAP imposed by the state legislature on property taxation. You can look forward to other means of increasing revenue to the city via increases in enterprise funds like we just had with water, sewer and trash rate increases.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 7:07 PM