Carmel has its roundabouts. Fishers may soon be known for its Michigan lefts on 96th Street and Allisonville Rd.
City crews will be opening two more median U-turns at the major intersection Monday at 7 pm.
This will complete the second phase of the project, which will eliminate all left turns at the intersection. The first median U-turn opened in early March.
Some drivers expect the rush-hour commute after work to be a nightmare.
“It seems like every morning that I get up, there’s a different traffic pattern,” said Nell Dillion. “Maybe people will avoid it altogether and we’ll get rid of all the traffic. Wouldn’t that be nice?”
Dillion can’t help but be confused when she sees those flashing signs and rows of orange barrels near her home.
City crews added signs close to the intersection but some drivers still don’t know what to do.
“It is confusing If you see the way it’s marked,” says Joy Niles, who drives through the intersection frequently. “You don’t know which lane you’re suppose to be in. I’m surprised there haven’t been very many accidents because of the confusion going on here lately.”
Starting Monday, if a driver is traveling west on 96th Street and wants to go south on Allisonville Road toward Indianapolis:
- Turn right onto Allisonville Road and immediately get into the left lane
- Make a U-turn at the median signal and proceed straight through the intersection, continuing south
If a driver is traveling north on Allisonville Road and wants to go west on 96th Street toward Carmel:
- Turn right onto 96th Street and immediately get into the left lane
- Make a U-turn at the median signal and proceed straight through the intersection, continuing west.
The final phase and pavement work should be complete by late-May.