The overall scope of this project encompassed the construction of a single-lane roundabout with an inscribed circular island, directional median islands, multi-use sidewalks for bicyclists and pedestrians, and a parking lot. Incorporated into this roundabout are various street and utility improvements, including: curb and gutter, bicycle and curb ramps, water facilities, storm drain facilities, and landscaping.
Designing a roundabout in Soledad comprised of drainage obstacles, traffic concerns, and travel issues. Elevations in the surrounding area are very flat and make it difficult to create adequate drainage and prevent flooding. Through various design techniques, slopes were smoothened out to prevent flooding and avoid abrupt grade differentials. Additionally, with roundabouts still being a newer concept, people expressed their concerns regarding traffic vulnerability and flow, but with the correct understanding and design, roundabouts are able to incorporate safer environments and allow smoother traffic flow. Finally, being seated within the coastal foothills and right on a connecting freeway, this project presented several travel issues including: importation costs and trucking routes. However, with correct construction understanding and great communication, issues like these are avoided by gathering the right materials and working through solutions between the contractor and the City of Soledad.
The grand opening of the roundabout was featured as an article in the Salina’s Valley Tribune. Through time, the people of Soledad, will reap the benefits of a well-designed and throughout roundabout in the years to come; being a model for surrounding cities of ingenuity and progress.