A state proposal to install roundabouts at two major Bartholomew County intersections has some residents worried about traffic slowdowns and driver confusion. But the Indiana Department of Transportation says the structures will save lives and reduce serious traffic accident injuries.
Local residents already criticized the proposed $1.7 million roundabout at U.S. 31 and Southern Crossing at an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) public hearing in December. Responding to their concerns, INDOT plans to widen the roundabout lanes to better accommodate farm equipment and angle the highway entrances for a more gradual approach into the circular intersection, said State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus. Smith requested a second hearing for the changes to be discussed, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Clifty Creek Elementary School.
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