A two million dollar roundabout is on its way to the city of Ishpeming. The Michigan Department of Transportation gave a presentation Wednesday on the project at the Ishpeming CiCy council meeting. The roundabout will go in at the intersection of US-41 and Second Street.
MDOT stated the intersection has been the scene for high crash reports for years. Over the past five years, the Second and Third Street intersections have seen 71 crashes including two fatalities. According to MDOT, the roundabout is the best option.
"Nationally, roundabouts have been proven to be a great asset to be able to add to your toolbox to try to improve intersections that have operational or safety problems," said Andy Sikkema from MDOT. "They give you the greatest amount of crash reduction, specifically severe type of crashes."
Plans would also include a street that would connect Second and Third Streets. Construction on the roundabout project wouldn't begin until 2016. MDOT plans to work closely with the city and businesses that would be affected by the roundabout.