This time it’s a major highway intersection near Appleton.
The intersection at Highway 10 and 55 will be closed starting Monday as crews start construction on a roundabout there. The DOT says it studied the intersection from 2000 to 2003 and found 62% of crashes at the intersection resulted in injury or death.
The state says roundabouts will reduce those numbers and make the intersection safer, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s on board with the project. Road closure reminders are right by the intersection of Highway 55 and 10. That’s because roadwork to make this a roundabout begins tomorrow.
“This project was studied a few years ago and it was put in for some special highway safety funding from the federal government,” says Becky Rooyakkers, a DOT Project Development Supervisor. “And between that time and this time, this is how long it takes to get the project designed and funded and up and running and we’re very happy that it’s finally going to be starting.”
Some who live by the intersection agree with the state. Something had to be done to make this corner safer.
“I would like to see the speed reduced,” said Joe Sprangers, who lives near the intersection. “We’ve killed a lot of people on this corner in my lifetime and injured many many more.”
Living in Howard, otherwise known as roundabout central I think I have to agree with those who say they aren’t the answer.
Other neighbors say roundabouts are not the answer. Some worry truck traffic in the area will have a tough time navigating through them and that drivers won’t slow down.
“I’m worried it’s going to increase accidents because people don’t yield,” says Laurie Tennessen, who also lives near the intersection.
The state though says trust us, why else would we spend this money.
The DOT reassures residents roundabouts reduce crashes. The state says it’s here to help.
“Be patient,” says Rooyakkers. “We’re finally here and we’re going to do our best to take care of the problem.”
The DOT says this project will cost $1.5 million and it’s expected to be completed by September of this year.
What do you think?