City to Break Ground Next Week on Newest Roundabout

~Project component of East End Transformation Plan~

The intersection of 25th Street, Nine Mile Road and Fairmount Road will undergo major improvements with the installation of a roundabout. Construction is set to begin next week to re-design the intersection, which will include the removal of existing traffic lights. The $1.2 million project has received state and federal funding.

The roundabout is a component of the East End Transformation Plan, which includes major sidewalk and landscaping improvements, modernization of public housing and revitalization of blighted residential areas.

City transportation engineers say once the roundabout is in place, it will reduce the number of accidents in that area and increase traffic efficiency. The most recent traffic study at the intersection indicated 11 accidents occurred there during a three year time frame.

Currently the City operates five modern roundabouts and expects to begin construction on several more this year.

Experts say roundabouts can reduce fatal accidents by as much as 90 percent and have been proven to reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian accidents.

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