State and local agencies are working to build a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 28 and White Trail Road.

Grant County received a $2.46 million grant from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program to build the roundabout, said Lauren Loebsack, state Department of Transportation spokesperson. The total projected cost of the project is $2.75 million and the state agency is working with the county on design and construction. The roundabout should be done by 2021.

“State Route 28, it has some unusual weather conditions,” Loebsack said. “I was talking to our superintendent and he said, ‘There has just been freezing fog for days and days and days out there and it makes for some really delicate travel.’”

The hope is that the roundabout will also prevent people taking a left on White Trail Road onto Highway 28 from getting stuck, she said. It should keep traffic moving.

“People are not going to get stuck at that intersection and when people get stuck that is when they make those desperate decisions,” Loebsack said.

By Tony Buhr news@qvpr.com

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