Roundabout Open House
‘Mobile Open House’ Offers Information on Roundabouts
The City of Cedar Rapids will host a “Mobile Open House” at the parking lot of Cedar Hills Community Church (6455 E Ave NW) on Saturday, August 17, from 10:30 a.m. – noon. The open house will give residents and community members the opportunity to learn more about the newly constructed single-lane roundabout installed at Stoney Point Road and E Avenue NW, which is scheduled to open at approximately noon on Friday, August 16.
Residents are encouraged to stop by anytime and have the opportunity to talk with City staff regarding the roundabout, learn more about safety and efficiency features, see a simulation video of how the roundabout works, and even drive the roundabout with a City engineer.
The open house is part of a public awareness campaign aimed at helping residents feel more comfortable with navigating roundabouts and learning more about their safety benefits. This is the third mobile open house hosted by the City.
Roundabouts help slow traffic speeds and reduce the severity of crashes, eliminating head-on and right-angle crashes with their slow, counterclockwise movement. They are more efficient than traffic signals, where signalized intersections are often not needed during the majority of the day outside peak morning and evening commutes.
Cedar Rapids installed its first roundabout in 2017 on Kirkwood Blvd SW, just south of 76th Avenue, which relieved chronic daily congestion for the College Community School District. A roundabout was also recently installed at Johnson Avenue NW and Wiley Blvd in 2018, and a roundabout is planned this summer on Johnson Avenue NW and Jacolyn Drive.
To learn more about roundabouts or to download material or educational videos, please visit www.cityofcr.com/roundabouts.
About the E Avenue NW Project
The E Avenue project stretches from Highway 100 and Stoney Point Road; as well as Stoney Point Road from E Avenue to Cherry Hill Park. Improvements include transitioning E Ave from rural (ditches) to urban (curb, gutter, and sidewalk), pavement improvements, and a roundabout at Stoney Point Road and E Avenue. The project started in 2018 and will be completed this construction season.