Poll: Danville residents want roundabout at problem intersection
DANVILLE — And the survey says: City residents would prefer a roundabout to a traditional four-way stop at one of Danville's most problematic intersections.
About 52 percent of the 900-plus people who took part in a city survey earlier this year indicated that preference for the intersection of Jackson and Voorhees streets, according to Jaclyn Marganski, director of the Danville Area Transportation Study.
Marganski emphasized that the survey results, which will be presented during Tuesday night's city council meeting, are just a summary of findings, not a formal recommendation.
The city has plans to rebuild Jackson Street, and the intersection at Voorhees is troublesome. It's now a four-way stop, but Jackson Street jogs there, leading to alignment problems.
It's also a busy intersection — with pedestrian, vehicle, even bicycle traffic — and at certain times of the day leaves travelers stacked up.
The intersection has narrow lines, no turn lanes and no safe way to handle the high number of pedestrians who cross it. The YMCA is within a block; Danville High School is two blocks to the south.
A new four-way stop could be built to solve all of those issues and would cost about $1.3 million, according to city officials.
A roundabout would cost about $1.1 million. In that design, traffic from all four directions simultaneously enters the intersection and rotates counterclockwise around a circular median, exiting the circle with right turns only.
Danville administrators believe a roundabout could move traffic through more efficiently and safely, but the idea has garnered opposition from residents.