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Work starts next week on Mt. Comfort roundabout

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MT. COMFORT — Area motorists still have about three weeks before their GPS units fry a circuit dealing with detours at the new Mt. Comfort roundabout.

Crews will begin moving dirt and installing infrastructure next week for the large, multilane roundabout that is designed to accommodate both commercial and residential traffic through the Mt. Comfort corridor at the intersection of CRs 300N and 600W, said Chad Scott, project superintendent for Milestone Contractors, which will build the project.

Though north/south navigation will not be affected by the construction, Hancock County engineer Gary Pool said motorists driving east and west will begin to see road closures and detours in mid-June.

“County Road 600W will always be open,” Pool said. “But 300N on the west side (of the intersection) will be closed from mid-June through July, and on the eastern side, detours will start about the beginning of August through mid-October.”

Signs clearly marking the closures and detours will be posted as the work progresses, Pool said, with much of the traffic routed around the project using CR 400W and CR 700W.

A small access road will also be constructed near Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church north of the intersection that will be utilized primarily for emergency vehicle traffic; however, the road could be used to ease traffic flow in the area occasionally, Pool said.

If weather cooperates this summer, officials hope to have the near football field-sized roundabout completed in the fall.

“We should be done by the end of October or early November,” Scott said.

In June 2011, Hancock County Commissioners approved construction of the roundabout, but the project was delayed amid debate about whether it was necessary and negotiations over land acquisition.

Roundabout proponents say the project will improve the busy intersection and pave the way for further economic development near Indianapolis Regional Airport.

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