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United States : Roundabout construction begins Thursday.

Starting at about 8 a.m. Thursday, most traffic is scheduled to be detoured around the U.S. 54 and Route O intersection in Fulton in order to begin construction of a roundabout and box culvert to replace stoplights and bridges at the intersection.

Electronic message board signs along U.S. 54 in Fulton and along Route F are informing Fulton residents that construction detours will be put into place sometime during this week.

Fulton Assistant Engineer Kyle Bruemmer said work at the site on Thursday will involve sewer line relocation and that will require closure of traffic at the intersection.

Bruemmer said the bridges at the site will be removed later after telephone lines are relocated.

Business 54 traffic south of Route O and Route O just east of the Business 54 intersection will be closed and traffic will be detoured around the roundabout construction site.

Access to businesses along U.S. 54 will be available by using detours. First Street on the south side of the U.S. 54 and Route O bridges will be used to carry local detoured traffic to Route C and then to North Bluff Street or Route O.

A through-traffic and truck detour sign will be located along Business 54 at Tennyson Road to funnel truck through-traffic along Route C and North Bluff Street to a southbound truck through-traffic detour sign placed at East Eighth Street along Business 54. This is the truck detour route east of the construction site.

The detours west of the construction site will use Westminster Avenue and 4th Street.

Local traffic will be permitted and access will be provided to local businesses along Business 54 on both sides of the bridge. Local traffic is expected to use First Street, which runs east and west just south of the construction site, as a local detour route around the area along Route C and North Bluff Street.

Until the final month of construction, motorists on southbound Business 54 will be able to travel west on 2nd Street and eastbound 2nd Street drivers can travel north on Business 54.

All businesses between Tennyson Road and 1st Street will remain open throughout the construction and will be easily accessible.

Bruemmer said the state has promised to use electronic signs informing the public that local traffic is permitted inside the detoured areas. Local business owners achieved this through a meeting with state construction officials.

Jason Vanderfeltz, state highway engineer in charge of the construction project, said at the meeting local traffic will be permitted throughout the area except for the area immediately next to the area blocked off for construction.

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Date:Jul 28, 2010
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