Driving on Fitchburg’s west side will get a little more complicated next month as the Nesbitt-Fitchrona roads intersection shuts down for construction of a roundabout.
Construction on what is currently a four way stop is set to begin Monday, July 8, two weeks after the initially planned June 24 start date. The intersection is expected to reopen on or before Oct. 2, with the full project completed by Oct. 25, according to a news release.
The city’s suggested detour would have drivers use Maple Grove Drive, McKee Road, Seminole Hwy. and Lacy Road to get around the construction, which is being performed by the same contractor handling the Verona Road construction.
Access to businesses in the area, including Bavaria Sausage and It’s Your Party, which are both on the intersection, will remain open throughout the project.
The change to a roundabout is expected to reduce “significant delays and long lines of traffic during peak hours” caused as traffic volumes have increased, according to the city’s project page.
“The roundabout alternative was selected because it best improves traffic flow and is anticipated to be the safest intersection configuration,” the project page states.
Some alders had initially supported a mini-roundabout, partly because of concerns of the businesses at the intersection, but were told that the full roundabout would be a longer term solution and approved it in April 2018.
“We gotta do it right the first time and not do it again,” Ald. Tom Clauder (Dist. 4) said at the time.
The $2 million project is being funded through the Tax Incremental District No. 6.