ZIONSVILLE, Ind-- Roundabouts are supposed to make traffic safer and more efficient, but a man from Zionsville says the roundabout where State Roads 32 and 421 meet is making conditions worse.
For nearly a year, Mike Creer, a former engineer, says he's driven through the roundabout at least a couple times a week. Each time he does, he says its design flaws become more apparent.
“I guess I’m safety conscious, what else can I say,” Creer said.
Creer points to the following issues with the roundabout:
- The concrete barrier on the east approach of the roundabout sticks out four-and-a-half feet into a traffic lane.
- There’s a lack of signage instructing drivers where to go.
- There are posts that have been knocked down and left disabled.
- The extended center line is “off center.”
- Pavement markings are worn and hard to see.
Creer says he's seen some pretty close calls due to the roundabout’s design, including a motorcyclist who was nearly thrown of his bike after hitting the protruding barrier. He reached out to INDOT months ago about his concerns, but says they haven't done anything to change it.
FOX59 spoke to an INDOT supervisor and within a few hours, the agency agreed to push changes to the roundabout.
INDOT issued this statement:
The east splitter island will be tapered down and it will be painted with reflective paint. A “Keep Right” sign will be installed at the end of the splitter island on the east leg of the intersection. Also, the pavement markings in the westbound lane on the east leg will be repainted to better guide traffic into the intersection.
In addition some of the pavement markings in the intersection that have become worn will be repainted. The raised pavement markers that were left in place along the east leg will be removed and the holes will be filled in with epoxy.
The contractor that built the project is still under contract and is going to make the changes yet this year. In our opinion the intersection is not “dangerous,” we are making these changes to help traffic flow through there more smoothly.