WisDOT meeting on Highways 45 and K roundabout intersection is Wednesday

A view of the state’s roundabout proposal alternative for the Highway 45-K intersection as presented in April.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be holding a public information meeting Wednesday regarding the re-construction of the Highway 45 and K intersection along the Bristol-Paris border as a roundabout.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hearing Room in the Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 and 50, Bristol.

The purpose of the meeting will be to “inform and present the decision to reconstruct the intersection as a roundabout, provide a project update , offer an opportunity for questions and answers with the project team and to obtain public input related to the project.,” said a letter from Janet Cannon, project leader, that was mailed to property owners and some residents.

The meeting format will be open house style, with no formal presentation planned.

WisDOT says the intersection has experienced more than double the allowable threshold of crashes per year, with the majority of collissions resulting in either injuries or deaths. It is in the top 5 percent of hazardous intersections in the region.

Roundabouts are considered safer by traffic engineers because they minimize conflict points and tend to lead to glancing or sideswipe type crashes rather than t-bones or head-ons.

A single lane roundabout is planned for the intersection. A single lane roundabout already has been constructed at Highway 45’s intersection with Highway 20 in Racine County. The county’s first roundabout is to begin construction Tuesday at Highways C and MB.

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