Construction is slated to begin soon on a roundabout at Raffel and Charles roads, the first of its kind in the Woodstock area.

The intersection just north of Woodstock North High School in unincorporated Greenwood Township will receive a single-lane roundabout. Bids for the project open this week, and construction will begin in early May and continue through early fall, according to Ben Redding, design manager for the McHenry County Division of Transportation.

A roundabout at the intersection — currently a two-way stop for drivers on Raffel Road — will make for safer driving conditions, Redding said.

“The roundabout alternative satisfies the purpose and need of the Charles Road at Raffel Road Intersection Improvement project, which is to improve intersection safety,” Redding wrote in an email. “The traffic signal option was evaluated but did not meet the minimum required traffic volumes to be installed.”

About 8,000 vehicles per day travel through the intersection on Charles Road, while Raffel Road sees about 2,000 vehicles daily at that location, according to McDOT data.

The county already has concluded right-of-way property acquisitions for the project, Redding said.

An unrelated Illinois Department of Transportation project to widen Route 47 calls for the installation of five roundabouts along the highway’s corridor in Woodstock. The city of Woodstock also has plans to install a roundabout at the five-way intersection of Lake Avenue, Madison Street and South Street.

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