A new roundabout could replace one of the most confusing roadways in Fort Wayne by the end of 2024.
Fort Wayne City Council approved a professional services agreement Aug. 4 to begin design work for two intersections on Main Street — at Leesburg Road and at Jefferson Boulevard.
The plans call for a roundabout at the intersection of Leesburg and Main, as well as an extension from that roundabout south to a new signalized intersection on Jefferson. Traffic headed east on Jefferson will no longer be able to turn left onto Main, but will instead have to continue east and turn left onto the road just past Sweet Cars to gain access to Main. City Engineer Patrick Zaharako told City Council members the project will “address safety problems, improve traffic flow and calm traffic speeds,” as well as eliminate eastbound backups and accidents on Jefferson.
The roundabout at West Main and Leesburg would replace a single stop sign on Leesburg where Main flows around a curve near Lindenwood Cemetery.
“This intersection is quite confusing to people just because of the weird angle and knowing who goes first and who goes second, and by putting in the roundabout that will solve all those questions and problems,” Zaharako said, noting that both the Main intersections included in the reconstruction plans have played host to more than 60 traffic accidents, 18 injuries and two deaths over the past three years.
The services agreement with American Structurepoint, Inc. approved Aug. 4 includes road and bridge design, drainage design, landscape architecture, green infrastructure, maintenance of traffic, utility coordination, public participation assistance, right-of-way-related services and permitting assistance. The total cost for that work is not to exceed $556,865.
Zaharako said the eventual construction could cost an estimated $4 million to $5 million. The design will take up to 2 years, followed by a year of land acquisition, with construction beginning in 2023 and a target finish date by the end of 2024.
City Councilman Geoff Paddock, who represents the city’s 5th district where those three intersections are, noted that many of the roads in that area were designed more than 100 years ago.
“This would be a welcome change,” he said. “… This is an area that I think is kind of ripe for realignment.”
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