Roundabout paving begins; expect delays

Roundabout signs were in place and shrouded by black cloth Friday. — Photo by Steve Myrick

The controversial roundabout is taking shape at the intersection of the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and Barnes Road. Contractors began paving the roundabout today.

At about 1:30 pm, motorists waited three to five minutes to take a bumpy ride through the intersection. Two police officers and several construction workers helped guide drivers around paving equipment, road graders, and dump trucks.

Roundabout signs are in place, but shrouded with black cloth, ready for unveiling when the paving is complete.

Construction is about a week behind the schedule outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation earlier this year.

Construction was to be ready for traffic on April 15. The schedule calls for construction to continue on curbing, grading, and other projects through Memorial Day, when it will stop for the summer. Construction is to resume after Labor Day, when work crews will finish landscaping, sidewalks, and bike paths.