More roundabouts coming to Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. – A busy Yuma intersection will eventually look much different. Roundabouts are set to be constructed at the Interstate 8 interchange on Araby road.

Some drivers are not so pleased.

Yuma local Marina Anderson said, “It will possibly do more hurt than good.”

A preliminary blueprint shows the proposed plan. The northern roundabout would serve Araby Road and the westbound ramps. The other would affect Gila Ridge Road, as well as Araby and the eastbound entrances to the freeway.

The plan is a safer alternative to the three signalized intersections it will replace, according to ADOT officials.

“They provide ability for motorists to make safe U-turns at intersections. They also provide a more efficient flow of cross traffic,” Public Information Officer Dustin Krugel said. “They also have less delays, and they also reduce risks of serious crashes.”

Commuters worry the design could cause added frustration for the roughly 20,000 vehicles that travel through here each day.

Nydia Garcia, a frequent driver in the area said, “It’s just gonna make things complicated. Like, I take this route every day for school.”

“Yeah snowbird season – they’re definitely gonna be confused,” Anderson added.

ADOT believes the area around Araby Rd. will eventually outgrow the current layout and updates are necessary. They also said the roundabouts will accommodate the frequent, heavy flow of big rigs.

“We have been working with trucking companies in the Yuma area to build roundabouts that can have these large over-sized vehicles navigate through these roundabouts.”

ADOT officials said the project probably won’t begin until spring of 2017. They said they are avoiding construction during the community’s busy winter season.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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