Freeport Intersection Closure Could Cause Headache

- Freeport- A study done by the Illinois Department of Transportation found the intersection where Pearl City Road meets Kiwani Drive and South Forrest Road.

City officials have decided to close the intersection for two months. When it re-opens, it will be a roundabout. It’s part of a 1.3 million dollar project.

This intersection is right on the corner of Senior Living Center Heritage Woods.

Resident of the center Betty Banderet says “it’s kind of mind boggling. I’ve heard so much not good things about a roundabout, and you wonder what it’s gonna lead to.”

Betty’s son will have to take detours to visit his mom for the next few months, but he thinks the end result will outweigh the headache of detours.

Joe Banderet says “I’m sure there will be some confusion in the beginning but I’m sure once people start to understand them, get familiar with them, it will actually workout pretty good.”

But how safe are roundabouts? Carmel Indiana has nearly four times the residents of Freeport. They have more roundabouts then any other city in the county with sixty.

Officials of that city say roundabouts reduce accidents by forty percent. But some Freeport residents are skeptical.

“They could go wither way.” Diane Bott points out. “They could cause accidents because of the roads or they could be safer. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Bott thinks the price tag is too high.

She says “I don’t think it’s worth the money. We don’t have the money right now to afford something like this. A four way stop sign would be well worth the money.”

For those at Highland Community College, here are alternate routes:

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