Construction prompts lane closures at Riverside, Carroll

The busy intersection at the end of Riverside Drive has a new traffic pattern and lane reduction while construction continues on a new traffic roundabout.

The temporary change reduces the number of travel lanes in and out of the intersection from West Carroll Street, creating a two-lane pattern which will be one-way in either direction, according to city officials.

The pattern modification at the intersection of Mill Street, West Carroll Street, Riverside Drive and Camden Avenue will allow the contractor to begin the next phase of work on storm drainage, curb and sidewalk.

This work will be performed during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Barring unforeseen circumstances or delays due to unfavorable weather, this work should be completed no later than March 20, city officials said.

Commuters should expect delays due to traffic pattern modifications. Access to all residences and businesses will be maintained throughout the project. Alternate routes are suggested, but not required.

Construction of a roundabout at one of Salisbury’s busiest intersections got its start in 2017 when city officials paid for a study that identified multiple problems and safety issues.

Last June, City Council members awarded a $1.48 million contract for the roundabout to George & Lynch, the same firm that is responsible for the ongoing Main Street improvements.

It will be the first inside Salisbury city limits, but Wicomico County residents have become familiar with roundabouts at the Cedar Lane-South Division Street intersection in Fruitland and on Walston Switch Road at the entrance to Wor-Wic Community College

Traffic circles reduce the number of crashes at intersections, as entering vehicles merge with and yield to traffic in the circle, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. They also reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by as much as 82 percent compared to conventional intersections.

Traffic circles have been used for years in other parts of the United States and in European countries.

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