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Freeport roundabout opens to traffic

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If you've got that feeling you've been driving in circles, you just might be.  After three months of detours and road construction, Freeport's new roundabout is finally open, and it's the first of it's kind in Stephenson County.

The intersection of Pearl City Road and Kiwanis Drive was considered dangerous, so the city of Freeport shut it down back in September for re-construction.

Crews removed the barricades at 11:00 Monday morning, letting the very first cars through.

The new intersection has no posted speed limit signs.  But the pattern will almost force people down to a safe speed.

"The natural traffic calming of the intersection is designed to keep motorists at about a 15 miles per hour speed," says Shaun Gallagher, Freeport's City Engineer.

The intersection's designers boast how quickly they got the job done.  "Very impressed that we were able to go from a concept of a project to the completed design in under a year," says Gallagher.  

Even though the single lane roundabout is officially open, expect to see crews working on it over the next few months.  "We know that in the first couple of weeks everybody should take it slow, it's still a working construction site, we still have things to address now throughout the spring."

Things like landscaping and permanent lighting.

"The light poles are installed, but we'll have temporary lighting until that is completed so just be cautious especially through the night time," says Gallagher.  

City engineers hope the roundabout will help cut down on the number of T-bone accidents the old intersection caused.

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