New Roundabout Installed in Opelika to Improve Traffic Flow from Tiger Town to Downtown Opelika
Phase Three of the Frederick Rd. Project
Phase three of the Fredrick Rd. project in Opelika that started almost 20 years ago is almost complete.
Phase three was installing a roundabout to improve traffic flow and city officials said it just looks nicer, in this neighborhood setting.
“It will make the neighborhood look good because it’s been messed up all this time, but putting that roundabout in they did the right thing,” said one neighbor.
It’s the largest roundabout in Lee County.
“I feel comfortable in this structure for traffic management and safety,” said City of Opelika Engineer Scott Parker.
The intersection improvement cost $3 million fully funded by the city.
Engineers said it creates a better connection from Tiger Town to Downtown Opelika.
“The downtown area is just the draw. There’s always been a disconnect to get to downtown and if you do go, you cross over old infrastructure, or you have traffic congestion that’s not appealing to get to downtown. Our second draw is Tiger Town, where you have all of your shops. So, the idea to have a complete Tiger Town to downtown connection that’s modern landscaped and beautified. It’s important to add to growth of downtown,” said Parker.
Not only will it reduce congestion; it also beautifies the neighborhood.
Though the change came with some construction “growing pains,” another neighbor said it does a lot to perk up this part of town.
“Change is not always welcoming. But, when you have a face of a community, it needs a little uplift to bring about a different environment and change. So, I think it’s going to help.”
There’s still some construction going on to finish it up. The city is replacing all the water lines and sanitary sewers. Also, Opelika power installing some lighting. But, it will be ready for drivers after the big ribbon cutting on Monday.
They have ADA compliant sidewalks and handicap ramps. They also designed the roundabout so it’s friendly for trucks. It can handle full size, 54- foot trucks, with it’s large radius, wide lanes and a concrete apron for them to be able to get around it.
More roundabouts, like this one, are in store for the future.