The Montana Department of Transportation is working to stop deaths and accidents on one dangerous intersection in Helena. MDT hosted a public meeting tonight to explain how a roundabout could fix issues on York Road.
Many folks were concerned the new installation would cost taxpayers millions of dollars. However, MDT assured citizens that only federal dollars would be used for the project.
The department says they modeled the York Roundabout after a similar installation near Canyon Ferry, arguing this project is necessary to save lives.
“This project is a safety project. Its not designed to increase the capacity of the intersection. Our 100 percent, number one concern is reducing serious and fatal crashes at this location,” said Michael Grover, Traffic Engineer with the Montana Department of Transportation.
Only one fatality has occurred at the York intersection, but MD says several people have been critically injured.
They say the roundabout will cut down all accidents drastically. However, there will be delays during construction.
A few folks were hesitant about the project as a whole, however officials say they've mostly received positive feedback from the community. MDT is set to start construction next year.