Carthage’s first roundabout, built in 2006, will be getting a twin in the next couple of years.

Carthage’s first roundabout, built in 2006, will be getting a twin in the next couple of years.
Carthage City Administrator Tom Short told the City Council's Public Works Committee on Feb. 7 that the Missouri Department of Transportation had agreed to share the cost of a new roundabout at Garrison Avenue, Fairlawn Avenue and Elk Street to be built in 2019.
Short said the new roundabout will be “eerily similar” in appearance to the one built in 2006 at Fairlawn Drive, Grand Avenue and Airport Drive.
“This is a five-legged intersection just like the one at Airport Drive,” Short said. “We have to make sure it can handle truck traffic and it will open up Garrison Avenue through the old airport to more traffic. It will take some of the traffic load off Highway 571 in front of Walmart.”
Short said the state and city will each contribute $1.1 million to the project. The total amount agreed to in the contract is $2,201,942.
Short said the Public Works Committee voted to recommend that the full council approve the proposed contract.
The City Council heard the contract on first reading at Tuesday's regular meeting, with a final decision possible at the next meeting on Feb. 27.
Short said the city will likely appropriate the city's portion of the funds for the project in the 2017-2018 budget which is will take affect on June 30, but construction won't likely begin until 2019.
He said the city will spend this year finalizing specifications and plans and acquiring land for the right of way for the roundabout.

Background
The project will place similar roundabouts at each end of Fairlawn Drive, the diagonal drive that runs between Garrison Avenue and Grand Avenue on the south side of Carthage.
The roundabout at Fairlawn, Airport Drive and Grand replaced an awkward series of traffic signals that attempted to control the five streets that met at that intersection and was the first roundabout built in Southwest Missouri when it was finished in 2006.
That roundabout was built bu Sprouls Construction Co. at a cost of $761,569, with the city paying $100,000 of the cost and the state paying the rest.