The Jackson Board of Aldermen on Monday night formally authorized a contractual agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission as part of the roundabout project at East Main and Hope streets in uptown Jackson. Project manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation Eric Krapf, also presented a progress report to the board, walking them through three-dimensional simulations of what the roundabout will look like when completed. 12 of 18 tracts of land are already signed in with construction possibly beginning in May of 2016. He says the projected completion date is in the fall of 2016, so the winter 2016 holiday shopping season shouldn’t be affected. Parts of the project, such as lightposts, handrails and retaining wall fences, are not ones MoDOT typically uses. They instead will use ones more aesthetically consistent with the rest of uptown Jackson. The board also authorized a quit claim deed and general warrantee deed that shifted right of ways to their proper jurisdictions. Some residents in attendance at the meeting Monday expressed skepticism about the roundabout’s capacity to facilitate tractor-trailer traffic, but Krapf assured them the models had been designed with truckers in mind.