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Officials hope "roundabout" will lower accidents at intersection in Plover

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is working to bring the first "roundabout" to Portage County.

This idea is aimed at making a dangerous intersection safer.

Now transportation leaders want the public's opinion.

The intersection of State Highway 54 and Maple Drive in Plover is known to be dangerous for drivers.

Since 2007 reports indicate there has been close to 30 crashes at the intersection.

Officials with the Department of Transportation think a roundabout is the solution.

"What we're after is improving the safety at that intersection because a number of the accidents have been severe," said Michael Kretschmer, Department of Transportation.

But residents tell Newsline 9 a roundabout is not the answer.

"I just think they're very confusing, they're just looking for an accident," said Theressa Stoetezl, Plover resident.

William Schoenbeck has been living near the intersection for three years.

Schoenbeck says he's almost been hit a few times.

"I’ve had close calls in fact I’ve had two of them," said Schoenbeck.

D.O.T officials say they've considered a number of options on how to make this intersection more safe.

Officials added that everything pointed back to roundabouts.

"Generally the approach and the speed it forces traffic to slow down there by reducing the severity of the accidents," said Kretschmer.

Officials add that the cost of the project is around $1.2 million.

Residents say it's just not worth it.

"A four way stop sign would do more good than that and a whole lot less money," added Schoenbeck.

The D.O.T. plans to meet with the public to hear there opinions before going forward with the project.

That first meeting will take place Wednesday July 10 at 5:00 at the Plover Village Hall.

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