Roundabout boosts safety, throws some for a loop

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A new roundabout at a main Center Grove intersection has caused problems for motorists who struggle to understand how it works.

Bargersville Assistant Police Chief Todd Bertram said most residents he’s seen using the roundabout at the intersection of Whiteland Road and County Road 144 know what to do.

But a few motorists have caused backups by stopping instead of yielding at the entrances of the roundabout, while others who exit the roundabout on the wrong street have had to turn around and go through it again, Bertram said.

At least one motorist has turned left and went the wrong way on the one-way roundabout — a mistake that could result in an accident or an $118 traffic ticket.

“It’s probably caused some honking, but no major police issues. The only big one was the person turning the wrong way,” Bertram said.

County officials opened the new roundabout in early December with hopes of making the intersection safer by preventing accidents and making traffic flow more smoothly for the nearly 10,000 motorists who use it daily.

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