At the September 21st council meeting, city officials unanimously approved an agreement with the County to move forward with plans for improvements to the traffic patterns at the Lighthouse Circle.
According to the agreement, the City will pay 50% of the engineering/design cost and will pay 22% of the cost for construction.
The plan is to redesign the shape and traffic flow to make the Lighthouse Circle a true circle.
There are no plans at this time to change the location of the lighthouse.
By law, the Lighthouse Circle is not a real circle. It’s considered an obstructed roadway.
One of the major issues with the Lighthouse Circle is that some drivers treat it like a circle and some treat it like an obstructed roadway which is causing a lot of confusion because a circle and an obstructed roadway have very different rules.
This project will also address some of the drainage issues at the circle.
Some of the drain pipes that run under the circle have collapsed and no longer flow properly which is causing some flooding issues when we have heavy rains.
According to county officials, the engineering and design work will take about eight months to complete.
We will share more information on this project as soon as it’s available.