FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The City of Fort Wayne held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the completion of a roundabout project at the intersection of Pontiac Street and Wayne Trace.

The Pontiac/Wayne Trace Roundabouts Renovation & Beautification Project renovated a multi-point intersection that was originally a two to four-way stop before becoming two roundabouts in 2002.

The renovations addressed issues that made the area “visually unappealing,” said a city spokesperson.

Overall, at least eight enhancements were made to the area through the project:

  • Increasing land widths
  • Greater protection of the inside islands
  • Landscaping of the center islands
  • Artwork in the form of three towers in each center island
  • Removal and clearing of brush along the railroad right-of-way
  • Addition of steel facades at the railroad bridge to define entry into the neighborhoods on either side of the railroads
  • Painting of bridge abutments and handrails
  • Addition of lighting to illuminate the towers and controlled lighting inside the towers for aesthetics enhancements

“Fort Wayne continues to grow an succeed with proactive efforts that make us a leader in providing opportunities for residents, neighborhoods and families,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.

According to the city, the area serves close to 16,000 vehicles.

The renovations cost approximately $850,000 and were part of a record $38.5 million invested in Fort Wayne neighborhoods this construction season.

The Fort Wayne Public Works Division assisted in the renovations through its Right of Way Department.