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City plans to add roundabout near SHS

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

The intersection of Miller Street and McKay Road in Shelbyville will have a new look to it when parents pick up their students after school – but not for a few years.

Calling it “by far the best option” during Tuesday’s Board of Works pre-meeting, City Engineer Matt House later requested and received approval during the regular meeting for a local public agency (LPA) consulting contract between the city and state for intersection improvements with the intent to turn it into a roundabout.

During the regular meeting, he said the city received a $2.4 million grant last year for intersection improvements, and through a study, found that a roundabout was the best solution.

Construction would begin in 2022 and probably be finished a year later, he said.

“We met with the school (corporation),” he said. “They like the idea.”

“Oh yeah, we have no problem,” said Board of Works member David Finkel, who is also a member of the Shelbyville Central Schools board.

Construction is not expected to impede traffic before and after school, House said afterward. Since the high school sits at that corner, that area will still be open for traffic.

“When they build roundabouts, they can maintain traffic because they shift the center of the circle off the middle of the intersection,” House said. “They usually keep traffic throughout most of construction until they open the roundabout.”

Details on the construction timeframe will come out in the contract, he said.