Last night the city of Elk Grove held an open house to discuss the upcoming construction of the roundabout at Sheldon and Bradshaw Roads. The open house was held at Pleasant Grove High School. Consultant Matt Satow gave a presentation and then Satow and city officials took questions from local residents.
Satow said the intersection will be completely closed from May 29 to August 6. Construction was timed to occur during the summer break for Pleasant Grove High and Albiani Middle, as well as other local schools on a traditional schedule. The construction involves replacing the current bridge at the intersection with a newer, larger bridge. There is a creek that runs southwest under the bridge. The city chose to close the intersection completely for ten weeks instead of trying to keep it partially open and work on the intersection at the same time. Satow said that process would take over 2 years to complete with traffic delays occurring throughout that time.
The closure will force commuters and residents to use detours through the area by taking either Waterman Road or Bader Road to head north and south. The prospect of having a detour onto Bader Road was a concern for local residents who said the road will be unable to handle the extra traffic. A larger concern was the possibility of having trucks use the narrow road. City officials discussed the possibility of prohibiting truck traffic on Bader Road.
Local residents are familiar with dealing with a major closure of an intersection. During the summer of 2016, the intersection of Waterman and Sheldon Roads was closed for 6 weeks to allow for the construction of the roundabout there. A few of the residents at the open house complained about the roundabout there. Several said they just didn’t like it. One resident said she was afraid to use it. Another angry resident said she refuses to use that roundabout and won’t use the new one either because people don’t know how to use it. Other residents said they liked the roundabout concept and looked forward to the new one being completed.
One of the biggest complaints about the Sheldon/Waterman Roundabout is the mound in the middle. Whenever the topic comes up on social media, the mound is often mentioned. Satow explained the reasoning behind the mound.