'Michigan left' forced U-turn goes into effect Monday night at 96th Street and Allisonville Road

Forced U-turns to cut down on left-turn wait times

FISHERS, Ind. - Hoosier drivers in Fishers will be forced to travel a new traffic pattern at the intersection of 96th Street and Allisonville Road starting Monday evening.

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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. This pattern change is also known as "Michigan left."

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.

Traffic officials said nearly 55,000 people travel through the intersection each day. The traffic pattern change will go into effect at 7 p.m. Monday.

All traditional left turns from other directions will be permitted until the next median U-turn phase is complete.

The final phase will open in May.

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