BP to begin roundabout construction

Published on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Construction of a $2 million roundabout at Blaine and Grandview roads will begin next week, project managers at BP Cherry Point refinery said.

The project, originally slated to begin June 15 was first postponed because of rainy weather and then postponed again because of changes to the stormwater design system, said Dan Abbey, a project manager for BP.

It is now scheduled to begin July 19 with a target date for finishing the project near the end of October.

During that time, one lane will remain open on Grandview Road and Abbey said motorists should anticipate slight delays.

“Potentially, we may have a detour around Blaine road as well,” he said.

Abbey said the project will improve traffic flow as well as reduce the severity of traffic collisions in that intersection. It will also have a larger footprint to accommodate the  415-plus trucks that use the roadway daily, including those with oversized loads, fuel tankers and other vehicles.

According to BP, more than 4,000 vehicles drive Grandview near Cherry Point refinery each day and many of those drivers enter or exit the refinery during peak hours.