In 2010, the City of Monterey received a grant to prepare a concept design for a roundabout at this location. Several alternative designs were studied and a final concept was included in the alternatives analysis of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Pebble Beach Company Plan as an alternative to the signalized intersection.
The alternatives analysis concluded that the roundabout adequately mitigates the identified traffic impacts and is environmentally superior to the signalized intersection due to its smaller footprint in terms of tree loss and other biological impacts, ground disturbance, archaeological impacts, and visual impacts. In 2012 the EIR and traffic study was certified by Monterey County.
The preliminary engineering and final design are underway. The final design should be completed by June 2015, at which time the project will progress into the construction phase.