VERNON TOWNSHIP — It’s official.
After more than six months of continuous construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has opened all lanes of the multi-lane, hybrid roundabout at the intersection of routes 6, 19, 322 and 98 Friday morning.
The $6.1 million roundabout project, paid entirely with federal funds, was designed to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection. It includes upgrades to drainage, highway lighting and signs, as well as new sidewalks and curb ramps, all within the footprint of the former signalized intersection.
The roundabout has one lane at the northernmost and southernmost arcs of the circle and two lanes along the eastern and western stretches. As a result, PennDOT classifies it as a multi-lane hybrid roundabout rather than simply a two-lane roundabout.
PennDOT said it is the first multi-lane roundabout in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Officials expect the traffic circle will handle a lot of traffic.
Routes 322 and 6 — known locally as Conneaut Lake Road — carry an average of approximately 18,000 vehicles per day, according to PennDOT, while routes 19 and 98 — better known as Perry Highway — carry an average of approximately 4,000 and 4,500 vehicles per day.
The intersection had been open as a single-lane roundabout since late August.
PennDOT reminds motorists when approaching the roundabout, they must yield to traffic already in the circle. Drivers should not stop inside the roundabout and must use their turn signals when preparing to exit the roundabout.
For an instructional video on navigating the improved intersection and additional safety information on roundabouts, go online to PennDOT’s website, penndot.gov, or the PennDOT YouTube channel.
Motorists may encounter temporary lane restrictions as work continues at the location. Those restrictions will only be in place during daytime hours as work requires, PennDOT said.