Another roundabout opens Thursday in southern Indiana amid traffic frustrations
A roundabout at the 265, 62 and Port Road Interchange will open to drivers Thursday.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- In the twists and turns of progress comes change. Southern Indiana has already seen plenty of it, but it's nowhere close to being over yet.
"This new interchange had to be redesigned to accommodate the East End Bridge," said Will Wingfield with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
On Thursday, road closed signs and construction barrels will be cleared and a roundabout at the 265, 62 and Port Road Interchange will open to drivers.
It will be the second roundabout in the area. The first is about 400 yards away, and it's controversial.
"It's a disaster," one driver said. "People coming off of 265 don't stop, and it's pretty scary, actually."
"People can't seem to figure out what lane they're supposed to be in when they come around it," another driver said.
From September of 2015 to May of 2016, there were 134 accidents. Pavement markings and clear signs have been added since.
Wingfield tells WDRB that studies show some very solid pluses from the thoroughfares.
"What this design does for us is it reduces delay," he said. "It also reduces the number of crashes, primarily severe and fatal crashes."
Wingfield believes drivers both of those as positives as we all anxiously wait and drive toward the day the East End Bridge gets the green light.
Drivers are asked to use caution and pay attention to signs when using the interchange for the first time Thursday.
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