Full Circle: Roundabout boosts safety, traffic flow

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The county’s second roundabout will make a Center Grove area intersection safer for motorists by preventing backups and accidents.

The county started construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Whiteland Road and County Road 144 in September and opened it last week.

The roundabout will be similar to the first roundabout the county built at the intersection of Fairview and Morgantown roads and is meant to make the intersection safer for the nearly 10,000 motorists who use it every day, Johnson County Highway Department Director Luke Mastin said.

Mastin said a few accidents have taken place at the intersection each year, but the possibility for accidents was higher than at other intersections because of the way the two roads were aligned.

The roundabout is also part of a larger project that involves making Whiteland Road a main road for motorists traveling east-west, Mastin said.

That project includes widening Whiteland Road from County Road 144 to State Road 135 and creating another roundabout at the intersection of Morgantown and Whiteland roads.

Construction on the first section of the Whiteland Road project from State Road 135 to Saddle Club Road will be finished by the end of next week, but the entire project will not be complete until the end of 2013, Mastin said.

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