Clintonville's main intersection might eventually get a traffic fix, but it won't be a roundabout.

Clintonville's main intersection might eventually get a traffic fix, but it won't be a roundabout.

The city has decided that such a device would be too expensive and not a practical solution for the North Broadway and High Street intersection.

"The decision has been made that it's too expensive," said Rick Tilton, spokesman for the city's Department of Public Service. "It's simply not feasible."

The city, through a letter sent to Clintonville Area Commission chairwoman D Searcy, spelled out its concerns for the roundabout, which would cost between $17- and $19- million. That figure did not include right-of-way acquisition.

Officials said installing the roundabout could result in the demolition of Starbucks and storefronts at the southwest corner of the intersection, plus the taking of a large portion of the Kroger parking lot, which could result in acquiring the entire grocery store parcel.

Tilton said the report was issued in response to a request by the CAC task force charged with reviewing possible changes to the intersection. Tilton said the city is committed to the betterment of the community, but wants the CAC to weigh in on a recommendation.

"Again, we keep saying we want a consensus through the commission from the neighborhood," he said.

Patricia Austin, the administrator for the division of planning and operations, sent the letter to Searcy. The correspondence did not maintain the roundabout would no longer be considered, but asserted several negative conditions could arise from its installation.

Mike McLaughlin, a member of the CAC and chair of North Broadway and High task force, said he was bewildered by the city's current position.

"If it's dead I wish they would write that it's dead," he said of the roundabout. "If that's their opinion, I wish they would have put that in the letter because I don't try to read things into the letter."

McLaughlin said that the city reached its conclusion without all the facts.

"What I'm hearing is that the city has made a decision without doing an engineering study and has not communicated this properly to the task force or the commission," he said.

Carole Tomko, president of the North Broadway Street Association, doubts Tilton's claims about the roundabout.

"I don't believe it's a non-starter," she said. "I don't believe it's dead."

Tomko is against a left-turn lane from westbound North Broadway to southbound High, as are 700 people who signed a petition opposing such a reconfiguration.

"It can't happen," she said.