|Dear Elk Grove Community Member,
The Public Works Department of the City of Elk Grove is improving the intersection of Sheldon Road and Waterman Road by constructing a roundabout at the intersection as approved by City Council at the February 10, 2016 City Council Meeting. The start of construction is proposed for this summer.
The final Open House for the project was held in December 2015. At that Open House, one of the topics available for public review and comment was the proposed construction staging sequence that involves a temporary 4 week closure of the east leg of Sheldon Road at the intersection (please click to see the exhibit). As originally proposed, detour routes would be signed on Waterman Road, Bond Road, Bradshaw Road and Calvine Road. Additionally, the temporary closure is scheduled to occur in the summer prior to the beginning of the school year. At the Open House, there were no written comments from the public regarding support or opposition to the closure. However verbal comments were made understanding the need for the closure. The temporary partial closure and the above public feedback was then presented to the City Council at their February 10, 2016 City Council meeting. City Council approved the temporary 4 week closure of the east leg of Sheldon Road as part of the overall project.
Since the February 2016 City Council meeting, a complete closure has been explored as a time and cost saving option. This alternative would close the entire Sheldon Road/Waterman Road intersection for 30 consecutive calendar days (essentially the same number of days as the partial closure). Under this alternative closure, detour routes would be signed on Waterman Road, Elk Grove Florin Road, Bond Road, Bradshaw Road and Calvine Road. Again, the full closure would be scheduled to occur in the summer prior to the beginning of the school year.
There are advantage and disadvantages to the full closure alternative.
Advantages of the Full Closure:
- The primary benefit of the full closure alternative is traffic would only be impacted for the 30 days during the full closure. After that, the roundabout would be open to traffic. With the partial closure alternative, traffic would be impacted for 4 more months. This is due to the extra time it takes to construct the roundabout in stages rather than all at once with a full closure.
- Another benefit of the full closure is it is safer for construction personnel since the construction site is free of traffic.
- Lastly, the full closure could have lower construction costs as it efficient to construct than staged construction.
Disadvantage of the Full Closure:
- This alternative would have a greater impact on traffic during the full 30 day closure.
a. Traffic analysis indicates the detour routes for full closure would add an additional 5 minutes of travel time around the closure whether you are travelling east-west or north-south. With the staged option this delay only occurs if you needed to travel thru the east leg of Sheldon.
b. The full closure adds congestion to the detour route as well as other routes. The City would make adjustments to signal timing along the detour routes for the increased traffic. However, some motorists will take other routes, adding to existing traffic.
Since the full closure alternative was not presented to the public at the final Open House in December 2015, the City would like to hear if you are in support of or in opposition to the full closure. Your input will then be presented to the City Council (tentatively scheduled for the regular council meeting on May 11, 2016) for their consideration in selecting either the partial closure or full closure for construction.
Please feel free to reply via email at TMetcalf@elkgrovecity.org or call Tom Metcalf 916-532-8169 with your input. All comments need to be received by April 22, 2016.