Roundabout at Peters Street intersection opens

The roundabout component of the Peters Street Improvement Project, as seen from May Street. Traffic is reported as flowing well as people become familiar with navigating a roundabout in the city.

BRANDI OWCZARZ / Staff

A major component of the Peters Street Improvement Project, a roundabout at the intersection of Peters Street and May Street, recently opened after several months of construction.

The City of Calhoun started the Peters Street Improvement Project in early 2016. The $4 million SPLOST funded project was proposed jointly by Gordon County and the City of Calhoun. The project is expected to transform a high-traffic area of the community and includes, in addition to the roundabout, resurfacing the roadway as well as the addition of gutters, curbs, streetlights and sidewalks along Peters Street from the intersection at South Wall Street at Prater Ford to the intersection of Peters Street and Curtis Parkway near Home Depot.

The roundabout will cause traffic to flow almost continuously in one direction around a central island; the intersection used to be the site of a two-way stop.

The City has dedicated time to watching the area during the opening of the roundabout.

"(The City has) spent a good amount of time watching traffic flow at the roundabout," said City Administrator Eddie Peterson. "The morning and afternoon drive time flows well. The larger school buses have no problem. I watched a residential trash truck and they were able to stay off the curb. Our largest fire truck did a test run with good results."

According to Peterson, the sidewalks, gutters and curbs from South Wall Street to the roundabout are expected to be completed in January 2018.