Roundabout For Union Chapel And I-69 Interchange

By Maureen Mespell

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A new interchange will be added to I-69 in Fort Wayne with a twist.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be adding roundabouts instead of traffic lights at the I-69 and Union Chapel Road interchange.

Roundabouts are traffic circles placed at an intersection, and cars peel off when then approach their street.

INDOT officials say there are only five roundabouts in Fort Wayne right now, but they're planning to build more.

The project will cost nearly $14 million, with Parkview Hospital contributing $10 million.

Roundabouts may be new to Northeast Indiana, but there are several of them in Hamilton County.

INDOT officials there say the roundabouts will help to keep traffic flowing in a congested area.

There will be a construction planning meeting in mid-February where they will discuss all the details.

Until then, all officials are saying is construction should be complete by this fall.

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