South Main Street-Gaarder Road Roundabout
2022 Engineering Excellence State Finalist
Entering Firm: Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Client: Village of Holmen
Faced with increasing traffic and decreasing safety, the Village of Holmen knew that the intersection at the entrance to their town had to be redesigned. Because of its status as an entry point, this intersection needed extra flourishes to welcome in visitors.
Short Elliott Hendrickson provided multiple design concepts and worked with the village to identify the right roundabout to address backup issues and driver confusion at the existing intersection. A roundabout is the best design option here because it keeps traffic moving while lowering the risk of dangerous accidents. The roundabout design also allowed the team to stage construction in a way that kept the intersection open as much as possible to preserve vital access to the village. Additionally, the complete redesign included replacement of the storm sewer in the area to meet growing needs.
This roundabout features unique design elements that befits its position as a gateway to Holmen. Expanded landscaping and a town sign enhance the visual appeal. The landscaping also serves a functional purpose by providing stormwater management.
The design team worked through many alternatives with a wide variety of stakeholders to arrive at a roundabout as the solution. Because of that diligence and because of the extra care taken, the Village of Holmen now has an entryway that meets its growing needs.