WESTFIELD, Ind. (November 1, 2015) — Residents in Westfield are anxious about a new roundabout scheduled to open this week.
City leaders plan to officially open the roundabout at 161st street and Oak Ridge Road Monday at 1:00 p.m.
The $1.3 million project is expected to alleviate traffic issues that the intersection had when it was a four-way stop.
“We’ve been in the neighborhood now a little over two years and five o’clock traffic as well as the morning commute gets really backed up," Westfield resident Sean Taylor said. "(The new roundabout) is going to alleviate a lot of pressure."
Besides relieving some traffic issues in the area, the new roundabout was built with asphalt trails along the perimeter to encourage students to walk or bike to the nearby Oak Trace Elementary School.
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said the city's newest roundabout also reassures the city's commitment to safety.
"Roundabouts consistently are proven to be safer than four-way-stops, and they actually move traffic through an intersection with less congestion," Cook said in a statement.
"We are excited for that flow to improve and us to be able to go to places like Kroger and our local restaurants in a much more convenient time than we have lately," Taylor said.
The City of Westfield paid for the new roundabout using funds from the 2014 utility sale and funding from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization.