The Longview City Council is directing staff to move ahead with a full closure of the Civic Center Circle in late August and early September, making the first improvements connected to the R. A. Long Park and Civic Center Master Plan. Some Council members raised concerns about traffic impacts and the loss of parking in that area, but Mayor Kurt Anagnostou says that it’s time to take the steps necessary to make that area safer. The plan was approved on a 4-2 vote, with Dennis Weber and Don Jensen voting against the proposal. It’s now planned that the Civic Center Circle will be closed to traffic between August 29th and September 18th. During that time, the Circle will be converted to a true roundabout, with three lanes of traffic traveling in a counter-clockwise direction. The yield signs inside the circle will be removed. Traffic entering the circle will be required to yield to cars already in the circle. Four raised crosswalks with “bulb-outs” will be installed, intended to both help improve pedestrian safety and to serve as “speed humps” to slow traffic in the circle. The total cost of the project is put at about $421,000.