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New roundabout at Stone's Corner

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MODOT says it's building a new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 171 and North Main Street, otherwise known as Stone's Corner.  There's been discussion for some time now of how to ease traffic in the area.

A recent MODOT study shows 30,000 vehicles go through this intersection a day.  MODOT predicts in 20 years, the daily traffic count will increase by 5,000.

"This is really a pretty busy intersection," says David Mitchell with MODOT.

"Chaos," says Debra Ferguson, who works at nearby One Hour Dry Cleaners.

 Traffic in the area sometimes makes customers starched and stiff.  "They'll say I'm either 2 or 3 cars back.  I'll be there in a minute.  It takes them at least 15 minutes to get here," says Ferguson.

Traffic near Stone's Corner fluctuates throughout the day.

A new roundabout means drivers will no longer turn left in the intersection.  "That will be all right turns, giving, we feel, safer and better access to the businesses in the area," says Mitchell.

Traffic will also flow almost continuously, with no more backups at stop lights.

But Ferguson hopes a new roundabout won't bring more confusion.

"We need more lanes, and better direction, because people get into the wrong lane and then cut you off trying to get in the right one," says Ferguson.

MODOT says construction on the new roundabout will begin in the spring of next year, and last until the fall of next year.  MODOT estimates the project will cost $2.7 million.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Stone's Corner is one of the most dangerous intersections in Jasper County, but rarely is there a fatality.

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