Rough start for new intersection in Fishers as traffic signals fail

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FISHERS, Ind.– Traffic is now moving smoothly, after a rough start at Indiana’s first Median U-Turn intersection in Fishers Monday afternoon.

A computer glitch caused new traffic signals to not work properly, which snarled traffic for about two hours at 96th Street and Allisonville Road.

Drivers who are traveling eastbound on 96th Street and want to turn left onto Allisonville Road have to go right, and then make a U-turn back toward the intersection.

Programmed traffic lights make it easy for drivers who are making the U-turn.  However, when the lights were not working properly, U-turn drivers were on their own in finding gaps in oncoming traffic.

Utility crews were able to fix the lights just before 3 p.m.  That appeared to ease congestion, just in time for the new intersection’s first rush hour.

The new median U-turn is the first in the state of Indiana. The configuration is popular in Michigan.

The other three left turns at the same intersection will be reconfigured between now and May.

The project is part of an overall effort to ease traffic congestion at 96th Street and Allisonville Rd.

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