Legal advertisements that started running Sunday offer details of a traffic circle for Pumpkin Center.
Planned for the intersection at Wrightsboro and Appling Harlem roads, the roundabout will extend 0.36 miles, according to the advertisement purchased by the Georgia Department of Transportation. It will include two lanes at a width of 11 to 15 feet, sidewalks, curb and gutter, and splitter islands on each of the four approaches.
It also will have a truck apron and a central island, and will be lighted.
Though the ads are running, construction of the roundabout won’t start until at least June 2013, said DOT Area Engineer Mike Keene.
Keene said the DOT is federally mandated to run a series of advertisements about the project at this time.
Once under way, Keene said, construction will take a year to 18 months.
During construction, Keene said, the intersection will remain accessible to motorists.
Roundabouts force motorists to make a right turn onto the circle and then another right turn off the circle and onto their street destination.
Currently, a four-way stop controls traffic at that intersection.
Many area residents opposed the traffic circle when it first was proposed last year, calling it unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money.
DOT officials, though, have been adamant that roundabouts are a safer alternative to stop signs and less costly than installing traffic signals, which would force a road realignment.
The construction cost for the project is estimated at $963,000, paid for through a federal transportation grant.