Crown Point Plans Its First Roundabout
March 24, 2014 — Chris Nolte, Lakeshore Public Radio–
Engineers and designers are working on plans for Crown Point’s first roundabout — at 93rd Avenue and Chase Street, west of the the Lake County Government Complex. Most motorists know it mainly as just a sharp “L- curve” past the county government offices and juvenile courts and juvenile detention center.
The roundabout is being proposed just a little northeast of the current intersection of 93rd Avenue and Chase. Crown Point City Engineer Tris Miles says this will better direct traffic through the area.
A trailhead on the nearby Erie Lackawanna bike trail, including a shelter and picnic area, is part of the roundabout project, with a driveway into a parking area as one leg of the roundabout. Miles says roundabouts work well when there is enough land for a roundabout, and this area is a perfect place to build one. Federal funds handled through INDOT will pay about 80-percent of the cost.
Miles says they hope to award bids on the project in November, with actual construction to begin next spring. Butler Fairman Seufert is design engineer on the project.
[Photo: Butler Fairman and Seufert, Inc., a civil engineering firm, provided this rendering of a proposed roundabout on 61st Avenue and Wisconsin Street in Hobart. Roundabout intersections are also planned in Schererville and Crown Point. ]