WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Department of Transportation had its final public hearing on a serious renovation project for River Road in Windham.
The question is no longer if the road will be rebuilt, but how to deal with the notoriously dangerous intersection of River Road and Windham Center Road. The DOT is proposing putting a roundabout there. The main problem at the intersection is the high rate of speed from drivers on River Road. A roundabout would force those drivers to slow down and give drivers on Windham Center Road a chance to pull into traffic. Most who spoke up at the hearing supported the idea, but there were some skeptics.
"I didn't come in here as a roundabout advocate, but I do think that in this particular it makes sense" resident Clayton Richardson said.
Michael Greene says his fellow residents can't expect all of the problems of the intersection to be solved by a roundabout. He says there will be many issues while people are learning to use the roundabout.
"You're just going to have problems, and you think, 'Oh it will straighten itself out,' but I don't want to be a statistic."
Construction on River Road is expected to begin next July. The project is scheduled to be completed by Fall of 2014.