City planning mini-roundabout at Fourth and O’Brien


Staff Reports

The city is planning a $1.47 million project at Fourth and O’Brien streets to improve the flow of traffic and make the area safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Plans call for the construction of a mini-roundabout in 2022 to replace the existing four-way stop.

Preliminary design plans and the environmental study may be viewed at Seymour City Hall, 211 N. Chestnut St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Any resident or business impacted by the project can request a public hearing and/or make comments, share concerns or ask questions by calling Glenn Peterson with SEH engineering firm at 219-405-3982 or email [email protected] on or before Aug. 19. Information also can be mailed upon request.

Eighty percent of the funding for the project, which includes design, property acquisition, construction and inspection, is coming from the state with a 20% match from the Seymour Redevelopment Commission.

The need for the project stems from the lack of bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the area and the significant queuing delay caused by stopped traffic, according to a news release from the city.

The new design is designed to improve how the intersection operates by increasing traffic flow and reducing conflict points and delayed traffic while having the least impact on surrounding properties.

To construct a safe and effective roundabout with proper design and safety measures, the city will have to purchase a third of an acre total of permanent right-of-way, including the property at 310 N. O’Brien St. Existing walls on both the northwest and southeast corners will be replaced with new retaining walls as part of the project.

The intersection will be closed for five months during construction. Traffic will be detoured using Burkart Boulevard to North O’Brien Street to Seventh Street to Blish Street to Third Street. Bike and pedestrian traffic will be detoured along Third Street to the pedestrian trail near Cummins Technical Center.

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