February 23, 2011 | 08:53 AMLyons — The Town Board was offered a chance to install a sidewalk to the Showboat theater entrance along Highway 120 from a planned intersection improvement at Highways 120 and 12 .
On Feb. 14, the Town Board said no.
Strand Associates Inc., Madison, which is designing the new intersection for the state Department of Transportation, offered to add 1,000 feet of sidewalk to link the Showboat to the northernmost roundabout at the westbound Highway 12 ramp intersection.
Total cost of the sidewalk would be $27,000. The local share would be $5,400.
The supervisors decided that the town couldn't afford the $5,400.
The DOT redesign calls for two roundabouts where Highway 12 on and off ramps intersect with Highway 120.
A roundabout is a circular junction in which traffic must travel in one direction around a central island.
Signs direct traffic entering the circle to slow down and give right-of-way to drivers already in the circle.
Both of the proposed roundabouts are in the town of Lyons.
Roundabouts are believed to be safer for drivers and pedestrians than traditional intersections, because traffic must slow down to enter them.
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The work is about two years away, scheduled for 2013.
The estimated cost of the state project is $6 million and also includes new pavement and a bridge over Como Creek.
According to the state DOT website, roundabouts improve safety with lower speeds and eliminate the chances of a T-bone crash.