Fishers to open median U-turn

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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.

9 comments

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    Not sure this is a good idea. You're asking people, in that heavily trafficked intersection, to learn how to use a round-a-bout properly. I worked in carmel for 5+ years and will never forget when they first opened their round-a-bouts.

    You'd think they just asked people to learn how to operate a nuclear reactor. It was chaos for many months but those were low trafficked intersections.

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        Apparently so. I've seen people burst into the R.A. regardless of who had the right-of-way. I've seen people sit there for an eternity, waiting for someone to let them in (engineers in Carmel started putting up fixtures in the middle of the RA because they determined if people saw someone come in to the RA from the opposite side, they would not ingress into it)

        Worst yet, I've seen people go into the RA the opposite direction rather than go in and drive the long way around to their exit point.

        Mark my words! No good will come of this.

      • guest

        Then why don't you donate your time and infinite traffic engineering wisdom to come up with a magical solution to move traffic instead of comment on a message board about how it isn't going to work. Get off your lazy butt and do something.

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        >donate your time and infinite traffic engineering wisdom to come up with a magical solution

        Sheeeet! If Fishers wants to write me a check I'll be more than happy to come on board as a civilian consult who spent 6 days a week for 5+ years driving through many of carmel's RA to get to work.

        Do you know where I fill out an application?

      • safety guy

        "Guest" drives a 10yr old 3 series BMW and always talks over everyone to try to get his point across…..and is a drama queen.

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