Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Leland staff propose roundabout for busy Brunswick Forest intersection

The intersection of Brunswick Forest Parkway and Low Country Boulevard in Brunswick Forest (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
The intersection of Brunswick Forest Parkway and Low Country Boulevard in Brunswick Forest (Port City Daily photo/Johanna F. Still)

LELAND — It’ll slow down traffic and it won’t cost $1 million. After opting to forgo plans to install an expensive traffic signal at the intersection of Brunswick Forest Parkway and Low Country Boulevard, Leland staff have arrived at an alternative, far cheaper solution: paint a single-lane roundabout.

The $53,971.68 project is intended to slow down traffic at the busy intersection.

Related: No $1 million traffic light coming to Brunswick Forest intersection this year

Though many residents have voiced concerns about speeding and safety risks near the intersection and along the well-traveled thoroughfare, the Leland Police Department did not detect any egregious speeding when it surveilled the area last summer.

In May 2019, the town received just one bid in its request for proposals to signalize the intersection, with Barnhill Contracting Company offering to complete the project for $1,055,369. That was more than the town was comfortable paying, so officials put the project on hold in June 2019.

Now, the town doesn’t plan to signalize that intersection until Brunswick Forest is completely built out — which won’t happen until at least 2030.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation suggested a roundabout at the intersection as a compromise and provided drawings the town used to obtain bid estimates on, according to the town’s memo on the project. Town Council will vote to award the contract to LMJ Pavement Marking, LLC at the town’s regular meeting Thursday, May 21.

Brunswick Forest Parkway and Low Country Boulevard will soon be transformed into a roundabout if Town Council votes to approve a road striping contract Thursday. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Town of Leland)

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