The work on the federally funded $4.5 million dollar has begun and will be ongoing throughout the summer.
The construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 82 and 85 is expected to reduce the number of accidents at Salem Four Corners and improve overall safety at the intersection.
The project has been in the planning stages for several years, but was made a priority after “a fatal car crash and a number of other serious accidents at the intersection.”
Roundabouts are considered safer than a traditional traffic light intersection because they:
- involve low speeds for entering circulating traffic,
- are much smaller than traffic circles, forcing drivers to slow down and
- drivers must yield before entering a roundabout.
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