GREENWOOD, Ind. (August 7, 2015) - Greenwood's first roundabout opened to traffic Friday morning. The project's goal is to alleviate traffic congestion at one of the city's busiest intersections.
City leaders gathered at Main Street and Averitt Road at 9 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said the roundabout will make a big impact on city residents.
"Imagine at 5 o'clock at night, traffic is backed up as far as the eye can see," Myers said. "That will stop now. They’ll be able to get through with better flow of traffic.Traffic is no longer going to back up clear to U.S. 31 or clear down to Howard Road."
James Price lives right next to the new roundabout. He said he hopes it cuts down on the number of crashes at the intersection.
"I’ve seen t-bones, side swaps, rear-end crashes," Price said. "All kinds of crashes."
According to the city of Greenwood, more than 16,000 cars travel on Main Street each day. An estimated 5,000 cars use Averitt Road on a daily basis. The heavy traffic created a concern for pedestrian traffic since the intersection is near two schools and a water park. The new project will slow down incoming traffic, while keeping commuters moving.
The speed limit at the roundabout is 15 miles per hour.