FISHERS, Ind. - There's a new traffic pattern at a busy Fishers intersection, and it's the first of its kind in the state.
The first of four median U-turns opened at the intersection of 96th Street and Allisonville Road on Monday afternoon.
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The alternative route will disable the left-turn lane from east 96th Street to north Allisonville Road.
Drivers on 96th Street headed north on Allisonville Road will turn right onto Allisonville into the left lane and make a U-turn at the median signal. Once through the intersection, drivers may continue north.
Town Manager Scott Fadness said the new traffic pattern will reduce the current three-minute left-turn wait time at the intersection.
"It actually pulls all those people who were in queue in the left turn out of the way of the intersection for those people who are going straight through. So you have a lot more green time at the intersection," he said.
But some drivers aren't so sure.
"That's awful," said driver Jackie Turner. "I'm not sure how they think that's the best option."
"It's going to be a nightmare, an absolute nightmare," said driver Ron McDuffy. "I think this is going to be a huge mistake. I just see a lot of accidents happening here. I just don't get it."
All traditional left turns from other directions will be permitted until the next median U-turn phase is complete.
Two additional median U-turns will open in April, with the final phase opening in May.