Friday April 26, 2013
A new roundabout could be in the offing at the S.R. 19-S.R. 119 intersection between Wakarusa and Nappanee. Sometime. Possibly. Maybe.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, preliminary plans call for construction of the roundabout in 2015. The cost would be around $3 million, according to INDOT spokeswoman Mary Foster.
Aside from that, not many details — reasoning for the roundabout, whether the plans sprang from local clamoring, etc. — are yet available. Foster said a public hearing will be scheduled this summer, when more information will be forthcoming.
I found out about the plans just this week, when I took a look at INDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for 2014-2017, (look here, go to the second listing near the top of page 50). Aside from that and what Foster told me, I don’t have any additional details.
I do know that it’s a strange intersection. S.R. 119 intersects S.R. 19 at an odd angle, not perpendicularly. Currently, there’s a light at the crossing, controlling traffic flow.
With all the area recreational vehicle plants, I suspect that crossing gets lots of traffic from RVs being transported/driven hither and yon. Don’t know what the upshot is for such big lumbering vehicles, but I presume INDOT people factor that in designing a roundabout.
There’s a new roundabout in Elkhart at North Pointe Boulevard and Caravan Drive, west of Cassopolis Street near North Pointe Plaza in northern Elkhart. There’s another at the Oakland Street/Hively Avenue intersection in south Elkhart (look at this archived article).
There’s been talk of putting a roundabout at the C.R. 6/Ash Road intersection at the Elkhart County-St. Joseph County line, too. Look at this 2011 Elkhart Truth story. Haven’t heard the latest on those plans, though.
Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., www.etruth.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-296-5884. Visit him/subscribe to him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.