The Engineering Division is responsible for the following activities:
- Perform engineering, surveying, and design of City water, sewer, pavement, sidewalks and other projects as needed.
- Maintain records, create bid documents, project plans and maps of City Infrastructure.
- Review and approve private construction site plans for site grading, drainage, storm sewer, storm detention, sanitary sewer and water.
- Inspect work on City projects, private construction projects, and in the City Right-of-Way for compliance with City standards and specifications.
- How are roundabouts safer?
Roundabouts are designed to be safer and more efficient than a traditional intersection. The design of the roundabout creates a low speed (20-30 mph) environment and prevents high angle crashes such as “T-bone” crashes. Low angle, low speed crashes tend to be less severe than higher angle, high speed crashes. – Reference: ODOT
- Are roundabouts really more efficient?
Yes. Vehicles are able to move more quickly through the intersection because of the “yield at entry” – drivers only have to watch for traffic from the left, and if there is an adequate gap available, they can enter the intersection without stopping. Once in the roundabout, drivers have the right-of-way, so they will not have to stop or yield to exit. If the driver does need to yield at entry to traffic inside the roundabout, their delays are brief and typically less than the time they would have been delayed at a traffic signal. – Reference: ODOT
- How does the design compensate for large vehicles such as semi trucks?
Incorporated into the design of roundabouts is something called a “truck apron.” The truck apron is the area between the central island and the roadway that is mountable by larger vehicles but not used by passenger vehicles. Typically this area is concrete versus the roadway which is asphalt. – Reference: ODOT
- How much safer are roundabouts?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by 78-82% when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections, per the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. – Reference: USDOTRoundabout Information-USDOT video
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In late 2015, the City of Bowling Green contracted with The Shelly Company to perform street paving projects in 2016. The projects will involve milling of the old asphalt pavement followed by paving the new course of asphalt. Some concrete work will be performed in various locations on sidewalks and curb replacements.
The projects are scheduled to begin the week of April 11, 2016 with an anticipated completion date of July 31, 2016 dependent upon weather and any other unforeseen circumstances.
The City of Bowling Green has contracted with Geddis Paving and Excavating for the construction of intersection improvements at South Main and Gypsy Lane. The work will include:
- The addition of a left turn lane for westbound Gypsy Lane
- New signal poles, mast arms and signals
- New LED edge lit street name signs
- New pedestrian crossings, signals and countdown timers
Work is scheduled to begin on July 18 and is expected to last eight weeks, weather permitting. East Gypsy Lane, at S. Main, will be closed to thru traffic for 21 calendar days beginning July 18, with the detour route using Klotz Road and Napoleon Road. Intermittent lane closures are possible on South Main Street throughout the project, but through traffic will be maintained at all times.