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Bloomington Roundabouts Survive Hours Of Late Night Debate

The council voted not to withhold funding for three planned roundabouts in Bloomington after several hours of debate that lasted well into Wednesday.

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Photo: Courtesy: City of Bloomington

Opponents of the roundabouts want more bike/pedestrian friendly options for the intersection near the Jackson Creek Trail.

In a meeting that lasted past 1:00AM, city council members voted to move forward with three roundabouts planned for Bloomington.

Council members expressed concern over the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on the roundabouts, and were conflicted about the size. They were also concerned that making vehicle growth a priority was contradictory to the 2002 Growth Policies Plan, which aims to push alternative transportation.

Members of the public spent an hour and half voicing their opinions on the roundabouts.

Adrian Reid, city engineer for Bloomington, spent much of the night in the hot seat fielding questions about the safety and effectiveness of the proposed roundabouts. He was happy to see the roundabouts pass.

“I’m pretty excited about it actually,” he said. “We’ve been working a long time on those projects and we’re happy that they’re moving forward.”

The roundabouts are planned for the intersections of Sare and Rogers, Arlington/17th and Monroe, and Tapp and Rockport Roads.

The roundabout at Sare and Rogers has already been approved by the Indiana Department of Transportation, which will contribute 80% of the funding for the multimillion dollar project. According to Reid, that contribution from INDOT could have been in jeopardy if the council had withheld funding for the road improvement.

Reid says the groundbreaking for the roundabout at Sare and Rogers should begin in July of next year.

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