The orange barrels around Fishers may be getting old, but prepare for another detour starting Monday at 1 p.m.
The city will open the first of four median U-turns March 4th at 96th Street and Allisonville Road.
To go north on Allisonville Road from eastbound 96th, you will have to turn right onto Allisonville Road and immediately get into the left lane. Then, you’ll make a U-turn at the median signal and drive through the intersection, continuing north.
Officials say the changes at this heavily traveled intersection will help commuters. Right now, drivers have to wait about three minutes before making a left. Opening these median U-turns will help with traffic flow.
“We try to not go this way anymore,” said Carrie Harris, who lives by the construction project. “We need it. In the summer, it’s really congested. There’s accidents all the time.”
Other drivers think it will be a traffic nightmare.
“Allisonville Road is just awful,” said one driver. “It’s just completely awful. I think it’s just going to make it worse.”
“It sounds like a pain in the rear,” said Mike Harris, who drives through the intersection frequently.
Each median U-turn will also have an adaptive traffic signal, which will be able to count traffic and communicate with other signals to reduce wait time for drivers.
All other left turns in other directions are allowed until the next median U-turn phase is complete.
Two additional median U-turns will open in April. The last phase is set to start in May.