NEWBURYPORT — City officials say they are still pursuing the idea of creating a roundabout at the corner of Spofford and Merrimac streets but have no definite date when they will proceed.
"We're interested in the project, but there are no dates when it will begin," said Andrew Flanagan, director of administration and public policy.
The matter was raised in some minds when it was recently announced that the Hines Bridge, which feeds southbound traffic into the area in question, will reopen in July.
Paul Swindlehurst, a resident of 12 Spofford St., is one of several residents in that area who feel that the intersection is dangerous to cyclists, families and dog walkers.
In a communication to The Daily News, he said, "It's hard to overstate how dangerous this intersection has become.
"The temporary closing of the Hines Bridge provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build this improvement less expensively and safely than it would otherwise.
"I think that if this is not done with the bridge closed, it will not be done in a very, very long time."
In her state of the city presentation in late February, Mayor Donna Holaday said that a roundabout is needed in that area. It is used by many motorists, including those who are entering Moseley Woods park there.
She called it "one of the most dangerous intersections in the city," and said that the cost would be about $900,000 to create a roundabout.
Jan-Eric White, city engineer, was not available for comment yesterday.
Holaday commented (in February), "With the Hines Bridge down for the third time and the Whittier Bridge project approaching, it is time to complete this project."