June 12, 2017 - ERIE, Pa - Motorists experienced months of heavy construction and resulting traffic in Saegertown, but roads are finally starting to open back up.
Construction work on the southern roundabout in Saegertown began nearly a year ago and it's finally nearing completion.
With only a few finishing touches left, like the Saegertown sign made out of reflective material, the roundabout opened for motorists to try out.
PennDOT says statistics show roundabouts see 90% fewer fatalities and 75% fewer injuries compared to a traditional intersection.
Additionally, they're 30% more efficient during peak traffic hours.
Chuck Lawrence, the Saegertown borough manager, said, "If it can keep traffic flowing, without having to put a traffic light or anything like that... we're excited about it and we're trusting the judgment of the state engineers."
One of three roadways feeding the roundabout remains unfinished, but crews will have that complete at the start of next week.
Construction continues on the northern roundabout and that's due to be finished at the end of October.
Local motorists are optimistic about the new roundabout.
Heidi Nicolls, who frequents the area said, "Without the stop sign there, I think it'll keep things moving much better."
"They're really delighted at least half of it's open, and it's made quite a difference in our business already" said John Hasenkopf, of his customers at H&H Market Place, which sits on the corner.
A frequent customer of his market, Chris Grubbs said, "I think there will be a learning curve, but I have been to other places where there have been roundabouts and they have been very successful, so I'm hopeful it will be here too."
For those of you who aren't familiar with using a roundabout and would like to learn more, check out the links below: