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In January, 2017 more than $3 million in federal transit money was awarded. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study board set more than $1.35 million to improve east-west traffic conditions through the city. That was in addition to the nearly $5 million previously awarded for the $11 million project of constructing three roundabouts along University Avenue through the federally designated transportation planning agency. DMATS also awarded $200,000 for the planned roundabout at University and North Grandview. (11)
 
In January, 2017 more than $3 million in federal transit money was awarded. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study board set more than $1.35 million to improve east-west traffic conditions through the city. That was in addition to the nearly $5 million previously awarded for the $11 million project of constructing three roundabouts along University Avenue through the federally designated transportation planning agency. DMATS also awarded $200,000 for the planned roundabout at University and North Grandview. (11)
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In May, 2018 the city council approved of plans for the University and North Grandview roundabout. The cost of the project was, at $1.5 million, a bit higher than expected.
  
 
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ROUNDABOUT. A roundabout is a type of circular intersection or junction in which road traffic flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island. So-called "modern" roundabouts require entering traffic to give way to traffic already in the circle and observe various design rules to increase safety. (1)

In August 2014 Dubuque came closer to having its first roundabout when the city council voted 7-0 to approve an application for a $500,000 Traffic Safety Improvement Grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation. If granted, the funds would be used to change the five-way intersection of North Grandview Avenue, Delhi and Grace STREETS. (2) An estimated 19,000 vehicles daily travel through the intersection. (3)

In March 2015 it was announced that the $500,000 request had been approved; work would probably begin in 2016. To install the roundabout and not acquire any of the adjacent private properties a single-lane roundabout would be used.

The city council in May voted to approve the funding agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation that included a $500,000 traffic safety grant. The city would pay the remaining $200,000 of the project which was planned for construction during the summer of 2016. (4) In addition to the North Grandview-Delhi roundabout, other roundabouts were planned for intersections on University Avenue--at Loras Blvd., Asbury Road, and at Pennsylvania Avenue. (5)

On July 3, 2016 just after work on the roundabout on North Grandview had begun, city officials were said to be considering an agreement for more road construction. A proposal with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration would use $682,644 in federal transportation money and $170,661 in city funding toward the purchase of land at University Avenue and Asbury Road. (6)

Construction of the roundabout at the N. Grandview Ave., Delhi St., and Grace St. intersection was officially completed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016. Although the roundabout had been functional for several days, contractors were finalizing the permanent pavement markings and installing permanent signage on August 18-19. Landscaping of the roundabout’s center island was completed on Tuesday, August 16th. Motorists were reminded to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks and to traffic in the roundabout. Pedestrians were to cross at crosswalks only and never walk across the circulating lane to the center island. (7) A public awareness campaign conducted by the city included videos, publications, and public meetings explaining the proper manner for traveling through the roundabout.

On September 3, 2016 plans to scrap the installation of traffic lights at North Grandview and University avenues were announced in favor of a second roundabout. (8)

At the Iowa Streets and Roads Conference held the last week of September, 2016 the City of Dubuque received the Tom McDonald Safety Award. This presentation recognized individuals, agencies or programs that contributed to significant improvements in traffic safety at the local level. (9)

In December 2016 an announcement was made that the Iowa Department of Transportation had awarded the City of Dubuque a grant of $500,000 for the construction of a roundabout at North Grandview and University avenues. Work was expected to begin in the summer of 2018 after the city had obtained additional funding and the city council had approved the project. (10)

In January, 2017 more than $3 million in federal transit money was awarded. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study board set more than $1.35 million to improve east-west traffic conditions through the city. That was in addition to the nearly $5 million previously awarded for the $11 million project of constructing three roundabouts along University Avenue through the federally designated transportation planning agency. DMATS also awarded $200,000 for the planned roundabout at University and North Grandview. (11)

In May, 2018 the city council approved of plans for the University and North Grandview roundabout. The cost of the project was, at $1.5 million, a bit higher than expected.

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Source:

1. "Roundabout." Wikipedia. Online: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout

2. "August," Chronology 2014, Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2015, p. 13

3. Jacobson, Ben. "Improving City Traffic in a Roundabout Way," Telegraph Herald, March 14, 2015, p. 1

4. Yager, Alicia. "Roundabout Plan Drives Toward New Phase," Telegraph Herald, May 23, 2015. p. 1

5. Ibid., p. 2

6. Barton, Thomas J. "Panel Eyes Land for Future Roundabout," Telegraph Herald, July 3, 2016, p. 17A

7. Announcements. https://admiralcrestonaurora.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?lc=216&is=de&mobile_deeplink_data=action%3Dview_post%26post%3D30851102&s=de&link_source_user_id=1056756&post=30851102&ct=f_h6os008URCJ_GNAn5dqPlPqakAl5Mw60xOGJRANPijt_YtGQ74HNiFJcrBPtgC

8. Jacobson, Ben. "City Mulls 2nd Roundabout," Telegraph Herald, September 3, 2016, p. 1A

9. "Dubuque Roundabout Receives Safety Award," Telegraph Herald, October 1, 2016, p. 6B

10. Barton, Thomas J. "Roundabout Get Boost From State," Telegraph Herald, December 15, 2016, p. 1

11. "Dubuque Roundabout Projects Get Funding Boost," Telegraph Herald, January 22, 2017, p. 11A