The Norman Transcript

October 9, 2013

Roundabout discussions hit dead end

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman City Council members concluded by consensus to take roundabout considerations for the intersection of Lindsey Street and Berry Road off the table as design and engineering contracts move forward.

Tuesday night at the nonvoting council study session, Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said conflicting engineering reports and a lack of support for roundabouts — particularly for a double-lane roundabout — meant there was little reason to continue those discussions.

Council members agreed and concluded the public needs closure on the topic as the Lindsey Street project moves forward.

There will be continued discussion on aesthetic improvements at the intersection and at the bridge east of Berry on Lindsey as well as consideration of keeping Lindsey at two lanes east of Berry.

Original city plans had the reconstructed Lindsey narrowing from four lanes to three at Berry and east to the Imhoff bridge.

In either case, the plans will include bike lanes and sidewalks.

Design and engineering contracts for the Lindsey project will come before the council Oct. 22.