City to begin right-of-way acquisition for roundabouts
The City of Yucaipa could be home to a number of new roundabouts in the near future. On Monday night the city council gave city staff the go ahead to acquire right-of-way from a number of properties in the city, allowing roundabouts to be placed at six intersections.
Two single-lane roundabouts will be placed on Avenue E at 2nd Street and 3rd Street. Three two-lane roundabouts will be constructed on Avenue E at 4th Street, 5th Street and Bryant Street. Another two-lane roundabout will be placed at the intersection of Bryant and Yucaipa Boulevard.
The item was originally included in the meeting’s consent agenda, which typically contains non-controversial items. Councilmember Dick Riddell asked that the item be pulled from the consent agenda and discussed.
“My concern is with the intersection of Yucaipa Boulevard and Bryant,” Riddell said. “For the roundabout we’re taking a considerable amount of right of way.”
Riddell asked that the council wait to vote on the roundabout at Yucaipa Boulevard and Bryant until more information was received. He said that he supported the other roundabouts.
The council voted 4-1, with Riddell voting against, to allow city staff to begin right-of-way acquisition. The city will need to acquire a significant amount of land in some cases, according to primary design documents.
In 2012 city staff and the city council conducted study sessions to determine if roundabouts, stop signs or traffic signals would provide an adequate level of service to ease traffic in the city. In 2013 a consultant determined that several intersections along Avenue E could be turned into roundabouts and allow the street to operate at an acceptable level of service without widening the whole street.
In October the council voted to move forward with design services for the six roundabouts. Final construction plans have not yet been completed, and the city has not selected a company to oversee the construction.