City to begin right-of-way acquisition for roundabouts

By on February 24, 2016
Yucaipa 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.

7 Comments

  1. Matt Spaid

    February 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    5th and E needs a light not a roundabout. It’s nice that you want the city to be pretty but my neighbors and I have to live with this. I believe that safety and function would be better served with a stop light.

  2. Marylee Pullen

    February 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Well, thank you City of Yucaipa, for not being a citizen-friendly city! You talk big like you believe in the “voice of the people”, and then turn a deaf ear to their voice. You are pathetic! Have you not heard?! We don’t want the moronic round-abouts!!

    • liz

      February 24, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      I hate those things!!! Dont do it!

  3. Allen Trietsch

    February 25, 2016 at 5:13 am

    A round about on Bryant and Yucaipa Blvd could be a disaster. The council needs to go there and watch the “school and work commuters” in the morning at school time. Myself I think the intersection signal light needs to be changed from the three way light system now in operation.

  4. Jessica E

    February 25, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Acquiring right of way? Isn’t that the same as using eminent domain, if the property owners don’t want to sell? Never mind the number of close calls I’ve had, using those roundabouts on a regular basis. Instead of wasting money on this, why doesn’t the city do something about the extremely dangerous intersection in front of Von’s supermarket? I’ve seen the aftermath of at least 7 serious head-on collisions there.

  5. Ethel Foster

    February 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    My husband and I go out of our way to avoid the round -abouts. Although there are YIELD signs at the round- abouts, most people either don’t see them or ignore them. Its very dangerous to try to make it around the round- abouts. Please don’t mess up more streets!

  6. Jeanne Brandt

    February 27, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Please!! No more roundabouts! I HATE them and stay off the boulevard as much as possible. And how in the world are you going to manage a roundabout on the hill on Bryant and Yucaipa Blvd – a nightmare in the making!!