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Roundabouts coming to new Clark Co. interchange

Published: Aug. 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2015 at 2:19 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The words roundabout or traffic circle may strike confusion and fear into the hearts of some drivers. Those words will become reality for Indiana drivers as a new interchange is expected to open to traffic later in August.

Southern Indiana drivers, get ready to see some new types of road signs. The new overhead signs will be installed overhead along State Road 265, Port Road and State Road 62 where they all come together. The new circular diagrams indicate you're about to enter a roundabout, but don't be afraid.

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"You can think of a roundabout as sort of a circular intersection with design elements to promote safety and efficiency," said Dan Hartlage, spokesperson for WVB East End Partners, explaining what drivers can expect.

The new intersections are part of the latest completed phase of the East End Crossing project in southern Indiana. On a roundabout, you won't see any stop signs or traffic lights, and theoretically, they make it much easier to transition to other roadways. Hartlage says drivers will need to be extra cautious when taking the roundabouts for the first time. Pay strict attention to the above signage as well as the markings on the roadways to make sure you're in the lane you intend to be in, and keep to the 25 MPH speed limit.

Eventually, State Road 265 will continue eastward past the revamped interchange and directly connect to the new East End Crossing when it opens later in 2016. But the new interchange itself is opening much sooner, sometime over the weekend of August 21.

Once the interchange is open to traffic, drivers will still need to use extreme caution as construction crews will still be working very close to the driving lanes for at least an additional week to ten days, so drivers need to keep their speeds in check.

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