I'm sure many Voice bloggers will recognize the title as a song reference to Yes' classic Roundabout, but if not, here is one verse to jog your memories
I'll be the roundabout
The words will make you out 'n' out
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley
It's been more than a month since I heard about the upcoming roundabout at the California Dr-Bellevue-Lorton Ave. intersection, but very little has been published about it. Most locals would know the location as "Where Stacks is" and true local historians know it as Cannon Park after a long-gone cannon monument that used to be in the middle, grassy area.
The City has been working on funding to construct a roundabout for some time and the latest round of Transportation Authority grants provided what turned out to be a winning opportunity. You can read the staff report here. With a million from one place and $200K from another this project is a "GO" and plans are being worked on now. The theory is a roundabout will improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The first pass at making that spot safer was the blinking crosswalk lights embedded in the asphalt leading to the Caltrain parking lot. This is a much more dramatic 3-way attempt and will be our first roundabout. I have been trying to think of another one in the Bay Area, but the closest I can come is the I-80 exit for Highway 89 into Truckee where there are a pair of new roundabouts. Should be interesting to see how B'game drivers adapt. Here is Cannon Park
Here is a photo of the cannon that was in the park, posted with permission from the Burlingame Historical Society. It is from a 1920 Chamber of Commerce brochure.