Conway Selectmen have decided to spend about $375,000 on the new roundabout at Norcross Circle in North Conway, about $27,000 more than originally planned.
Conway Public Works Director Paul Degliangeli says selectmen selected a plan at their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon that reduced the cost by around $70,000 – from $450,000 – and eliminates some of the potential features, such as brick sidewalks.
The reduction was decided on after the consulting design firm came back with a higher actual project cost than the initial estimate provided to the town for budget planning.
Degliangeli says the general idea for building the roundabout is to improve traffic flow, safety, and efficiency.
Selectmen picked the current plan from several options they were provided.
Conway Scenic Railroad owner and manager Russ Seybold had asked the town to reconsider its decision to build the roundabout, citing concerns it would actually impede the flow of traffic and block buses that sometimes group in the area to discharge or pick up passengers.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 and it’s hoped the project will be finished by the Fourth of July.