Because You Asked - Roundabout update
Last updated 12/14/2022 at 9:45am | View PDF
Recently a reader expressed concern over the new roundabout installed last summer at the intersection of Fountain Mesa Road and Caballero/Fortman avenues, stating the curb appears to be crumbling (as seen in this Dec. 2 photo) and some of the signs had been knocked over and were laying across the ground.
News staff inquired with El Paso County officials about this, and whether this roundabout is performing to expectations. Here is the response from Communications and Public Relations Manager Scott Anderson, who cited Public Works:
"Significant testing was conducted during construction, and the concrete is performing to specifications. It looks like this was 'impact' related. By 'what' or 'how' is unknown, but we can expect this type of damage to roadway infrastructure from time to time. It is unfortunate that it occurred at this relatively new location. The Department of Public Works Engineering Division is aware and working to get repairs made.
Signs at this location were installed on a 'slip-base.' These signs are actually designed to slide off of their base when impacted by a vehicle. This is a safety feature that helps to reduce injuries to drivers and minimize damage to cars when impacting the signpost. Again, the Department of Public Works is aware of the damage and will work to make the necessary repairs."
Some of the damage had been repaired as of this writing.