Drivers Adjusting to Roundabout Construction

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Road projects always get the attention of drivers, but the roundabout near Western Kentucky University is transforming the area in a way most motorists have never seen.

"I've been avoiding it lately since that's been going on, but Kentucky or Bowling Green never takes long to get their construction taken care of so people around the community can move as they please," said John Trent of Bowling Green.

At first, drivers only saw backed-up traffic, lane closures and detours.

"University Blvd. being closed down has been a bit of a hassle, but other than that, access to Chestnut and stuff is pretty easy," said Dustan Roberts, a WKU student.

Many drivers WBKO spoke with before the project started expressed more concerns than anything regarding the roundabout.

This week, both lanes on 31-W have shifted into the future roundabout -- and so have the drivers' minds about it.

"Well, I really didn't know what they were going to make out of it, at first, but now I see that it's a roundabout. I think it's a good idea," said Frank Smith, Jr., of Bowling Green.

With about a month of construction left, they say they're pleased with the progress overall.

"I think it's more convenient going that way now. It used to be backed up, but it's not like that anymore," Smith said.

Now that they are seeing the roundabout take shape, they're hoping it'll change traffic congestion in at least one part of town.

"The By-Pass is bad during lunch time. The whole area needs expanding. This is a good start right there," Trent said.

They say some drivers might not know how to maneuver it right away, but they're ready for a new concept.

"I'm actually really excited about the roundabout, because it's something that I feel like we need in Bowling Green. It kind of makes the city a little bit more unique," Roberts said.

Officials said the project is on schedule to be completed early next month.

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