Dangerous Winnebago County intersection to become a roundabout in 2019

Town of Neenah, Wis. (WFRV) - It's being called a step in the right direction.  People living near a dangerous Fox Valley intersection have fought for safety improvements for years.

Located at County Road CB and Oakridge Rd in the Town of Neenah, the intersection has been approved for new roundabout but it might be a few more years before a safer intersection becomes a reality.
 
"It's about time they do something about it," said Debbie Schueler, who lives next door to the intersection.
 
Rumble strips and flashing stops signs have been added to the intersection, but some say that's not nearly enough.
 
"Living right here, we've head the tires squealing and the crashes, and my husband's gone over there," said Schueler. "We've called 911, we've dealt with a lot of it over the years."
 
With over 80 documented crashes, three of those in recent years were deadly.
 
Since then, the community has rallied for a change. 
 
An intersection study was completed by the Winnebago County Highway Department last year, and it was decided a new roundabout was necessary.
 
Nearly $1.8 million dollars in funding was received to complete the project.
 
The cost share for the project is as follows:
 
$1,530,000 in Federal HSIP Funding (Highway Safety Improvement Program).
+ $235,000 in Winnebago County Funding (10% of the total).
 
Debbie Schueler says after receiving a letter a few weeks ago, it was concerning when she read the roundabout won't be completed until 2019.
 
"I think they've waited long enough, that's two more years of possible fatalities, i think it's something that should have been taken care of a long time ago," she said.
 
Winnebago County doesn't disagree, however, they say a project like this takes two to three years to complete.  Right now the roundabout is in the early design stages.
 
But for this community, it's not if another accident will happen, it's when. 
 
The Highway Commissioner says construction could start in July or August of 2019.
 

 


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