That referred to the three months of inconvenience imposed by construction, which meant people had to find alternate routes to drop off dry cleaning, get gas, look at a car, and more.
Roundabout construction took about 90 days, but was done almost six days before the ìdrop deadî deadline of being open prior to the Handcart Days Parade. That big event is set for Thursday at 6 p.m., and begins at the roundabout.
As with most ribbon cuttings around the county, the Lakesiders, the business welcoming group, was on hand to orchestrate the official event from the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
And when their giant scissors didnít do the trick, Kent Sprik, Your Valet store manager, had a pair of trusty scissors of his trade that did the trick.
ìMayor Joeî did honors (with Sprik) on the first ribbon cutting, followed by four other ribbon cuttings, one for each of the five intersections.
About 200 people were on hand, including neighborhood residents, county commissioners, Bountiful City Council members, politicians and political candidates, and more.
It was Sprikís idea to mark the occasion with a variety of activities. His store offered cookies and cake, cold water, and a drawing, plus a dry cleaning special.
Maverik was barbecuing their giant hot dogs on an outside grill, while Go Motors offered a car show of about 12 vehicles, including Mustangs, Mini Coopers, and more.
Engine No. 8 from the central Bountiful station of the South Davis Metro Fire Agency clanged its bell and siren, while Bountiful Police had two vehicles on hand, showing the correct way to drive on the roundabout.
Project engineer Lloyd Cheney, assistant Bountiful city engineer, urged residents to remember to ìturn to the right.î
Thatís appropriate when entering the roundabout as well as when exiting it. The facility is designed for a maximum speed of 20 MPH, with the one lane of travel a bit wider than a normal lane, to facilitate traffic flow and maneuverability.
This roundabout joins others in North Salt Lake and Syracuse, in the county, as well as many others in Utah County and beyond in the state, and many others in the U.S. and abroad.
City Manager Tom Hardy has previously explained that the roundabout was intended to alleviate the slow flow of traffic at the intersection.
With five intersections, it was hard for motorists to always know who was the next with right-of-way to move forward.
The roundabout has been in the planning for seven years, but had to wait on federal funding, which covered more than nine-tenths of the total cost of about $400,000.
Bowen Construction of Centerville was the general contractor while Bountiful City Engineering designed and oversaw the project. Jerry Wilson and the city parks department planted the flowers.