Sheldon & Waterman Intersection Project


Construction Update

On May 11, 2016, City Council awarded this project for construction and also approved the temporary full closure of the Sheldon Road/Waterman Road Intersection for 30 consecutive calendar days for the first stage of construction.  The contractor started work on June 27, 2016.  The temporary full  closure of the intersection occurred between July 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016.  The new roundabout opened to traffic on August 8, 2016.  By September 2016, the contractor should have the project mostly constructed excluding landscaping which will be installed in October.  The project should be completed by November/December 2016.

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Project Description

The Sheldon Road/Waterman Road Intersection Improvement project proposes a single-lane roundabout realigned to the east with a separate westbound right turn lane from southbound Waterman Road to westbound Sheldon Road. Improvements will include pedestrian accessible crossings at the intersection (roundabout), drainage improvements, and other incidental features. Realigned portions of Waterman Road may extend about 700 feet north and south of Sheldon Road. Sheldon Road improvements, will extend approximately 900 feet east of the existing intersection.

Project Schedule

Date Description
December 2014  Community Workshop
December 10, 2015   Community Open House
Spring 2016
Complete Design
Summer 2016
Advertise / Open Bids / Award Project
 June 27, 2016 Begin Construction
July 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016  Temporary Full Closure of the Sheldon/Waterman Intersection
August 8, 2016  Roundabout Opened to Traffic 
October 2016  Landscaping
November 2016 Construction Completed

 Note: Dates are approximate

Project Features

Project features include:

  • Improved safety for the traveling public at the intersection
  • Elimination of the 4-way stop controlled intersection and reduced travel delay
  • Lighting as required for safety of the roundabout
  • Bicycle and pedestrian paths for circulation around the roundabout
  • Non-irrigated landscaping in each quadrant
  • Public Art that meets the rural character will be incorporated into the central island and quadrants:
    • Windmill
    • Old Farm Equipment
    • Artistic Cut-Outs of Farm Animals

December 2015 Open House Handouts and Exhibits


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Why is the intersection being modified?

Threshold values for increased traffic have been met, as identified in Rural Road Improvement Policy and Standards.

Why is a roundabout being constructed at this intersection instead of a signal?

Based on community input collected on November 30, 2011 and public comment received by City Council on February 26, 2014, the City Council decided at the February 26, 2014 council meeting to install a roundabout at this intersection. In addition to public support for the roundabout, other factors involved in this decision include the ability of the roundabout to handle expected traffic volumes, the higher level of safety provided by roundabouts over signals and the general traffic calming effects roundabouts provide.

What public outreach has been performed on this project?

Open houses have been held for this project on November 30, 2011, December 9, 2014 and December 10, 2015.

Contact Information
For additional comments, questions or concerns, contact:

Mail: City of Elk Grove, Public Works Department
Jeff Werner, Senior Civil Engineer
8401 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: 916.478.3602