By Caleb Milligan, PE and Elizabeth McIlrath, ASLA
Like many cities in the North Texas region, the City of Weatherford has experienced rapid community growth in recent years. In a progressive response to this growth, City leaders have made a concerted effort to implement modern, safe, and efficient traffic congestion solutions, including modern roundabouts at select intersections. The Dunaway design team of engineers and landscape architects first collaborated with the City on their award-winning Charles Street and Mockingbird Lane Roundabout which was City’s first modern roundabout.
The City of Weatherford has now set their sights on the southern entrance to Weatherford College – home of the Coyotes – as the next location suitable for a roundabout. The addition of a roundabout at this prominent intersection of College Park Drive and Martin Drive not only serves as a vehicular gateway to the college but will also serve as a major pedestrian connection between the main campus and key destinations like off-campus housing and baseball/softball fields.
The concept developed addresses traffic engineering issues at the intersection and expresses the spirited character of Weatherford College. In the initial concept stage, Dunaway’s traffic engineering team performed a traffic operational analysis utilizing existing traffic volumes and additional future growth. The results yielded a single-lane, 130-foot inscribed diameter roundabout to serve the current intersection capacity needs and further into a 20-year horizon.
Dunaway’s landscape architects developed a design concept featuring three signature coyote sculptures that sit atop a series of tiered stone retaining walls with lush ornamental plantings and decorative boulders within the central island. New campus gateway arches and walls are designed with materials inspired by modern campus architecture as well as the rustic ‘Old Main Stone’ which was found in remnants at the historic campus site.
To share this grand vision with Weatherford citizens and Weatherford College patrons, the following animation was created by Dunaway using Lumion software.