On Wednesday, August 29, the City of Richland and its partners celebrated the opening of both roundabouts to traffic!
For information on how to navigate the new roundabouts, please WSDOT's graphic below. Additional information can be found on their website.
Still to come...
Minor cleanup efforts and work alongside the roadway remain to be completed. In the fall, residents will see the roundabout artwork installed! The artwork, prepared by rhiza A+D, is described as below:
The artwork for the South (City) roundabout, Fishing for Gravity (working title), is inspired by the groundbreaking science and historic achievement of the LIGO observatory to “fish for” and finally “land” Einstein’s theorized gravitational waves. Constructed as a warped grid based on space-time grids warped by gravity waves, its form sweeps upward catching clusters of distant stars. The sculpture reminds us of our physical connection to the sky and stars above. At night its stainless tubes and star plates will be bathed in atmospheric blue lighting from below. The surrounding landscape will continue the artworks warping, waves and ripples, further suggesting gravitational waves passing through our earth's landscapes and organisms.
The North (WSDOT) roundabout marks entry to Richland off I-182 across from Vintner Square. This location becomes a major gateway to “new” Richland that is growing with a vibrant regional viticulture. The roundabout is in close proximity to a number of local vineyards and wineries. Artwork in this location we felt should echo these resources, therefore feel as if it has grown out of the earth- contrasting Fishing for Gravity's skyward orientation and minimal contact with the ground. While visiting local vineyards we were inspired by the rows of undulating leaves and waves of vines, as well as, their bountiful clusters of grapes. In these vine waves and grapes we saw a connection to LIGOs warped space-time grids and clusters of stars. Waves of Viticulture (working title) uses profiles of locally grown grape leaves to echo undulations of passing gravity waves. These stainless leaves will be warped and supported by Juniper poles (from central Oregon), also used at end of vineyard rows. The Leaf profiles will be arranged in radiating rows and carried out into the roundabouts landscape to enhance the perspective views of the artwork. At night their warped surfaces will capture the overhead highway light as moving, undulating and wavy highlights.
In 2015, the City of Richland completed an engineering planning study for the Queensgate Drive Corridor which included evaluation of intersection configurations, roadway geometry and access control. In March 2015, a Public Open House was held to provide opportunity for the community to see the results of the study and provide feedback on the corridor improvements. In April 2017, an additional Public Open House was held to present the proposed design.
The final design below is a representation of the corridor study evaluations, feedback received from the open houses and evaluation of access control to address roadway capacity and safety improvements.