The ribbon cutting for a new roundabout took place between Fort Wayne and New Haven Monday morning.
The problem with the intersection of Maysville, Landin and Trier roads on the border of Fort Wayne and New Haven was that the roads were not aligned. This resulted in accidents due to slowed traffic and confusion among drivers.
According to New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, development around the intersection caused an increase in traffic over the last two decades. He says the new, single-lane roundabout should cut down on accidents.
“A lot of people get worried or confused in double-lane roundabouts, and this one is perfect for this intersection because it makes great connectivity, slows people down a bit, and keeps traffic moving instead of making unexpected spots,” said McDonald.
The roundabout was part of a $1.4 million project, paid by tax increment financing approved by Fort Wayne’s Redevelopment Commission. Mayor Tom Henry says the cost of the project was a small price to pay given the mutual benefits of the project to Fort Wayne and New Haven.
“The fact that it cost over a million dollars to do is really nothing in comparison to what it’ll be able to do for our two communities,” Henry said.
The project also includes new sidewalks, and a trail connecting the roundabout to the Rivergreenway. Improvements were made in conjunction with New Haven’s renovations to Landin Road.