A halo-shaped intersection in Sterling?

January 2, 2018

City of Sterling roundabout intersectionSterling City Council hears proposal on roundabout near company’s new HQ

The City of Sterling, Illinois, is looking at a better way to regulate traffic at what will become a busier intersection come spring, and they’re thinking about doing it in a roundabout way.

Aldermen heard a presentation Monday on a possible roundabout intersection at West LeFevre Road and Lynn Boulevard near Eberley Park and the soon-to-open Halo Branded Solutions headquarters.

Troy Pankratz, senior project manager at Mead & Hunt in Middleton, Wisconsin, discussed a study the firm did on the intersection.

The analysis was in anticipation of Halo Branded Solutions’s new, 157,000-square-foot global headquarters opening in April. Halo has plans to create 250 jobs over the next 5 years, which would double its current workforce, and increase traffic near the plant.

Currently, there are stop signs both ways on Lynn, but none on LeFevre.

Pankratz addressed several myths about roundabouts, including their inability to handle truck traffic.

“Truck drivers tend to like roundabouts because you’re not burning fuel by stopping. We design many, many roundabouts to accommodate large trucks,” Pankratz said.

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