Bass-Hadley reopens as roundabout

March 2, 2019

Another roundabout has opened in Allen County.

After several delays, a new roundabout opened Friday at the intersection of Bass and Hadley roads.

Allen County officials said the Bass-Hadley intersection had been closed since July while crews worked to construct the roundabout.

The county highway department’s initial plan was to have the work finished and the intersection reopened by December. Extra time was needed to ensure that state and federal safety requirements were met because railroad tracks run through the roundabout, county officials said.

Mike Green, Allen County commissioners spokesman, said the roundabout was part of the first phase of the Bass Road improvement project.

The initial phase, from Clifty Parkway to Hadley Road, also included another roundabout at Bass and Flaugh roads; an expansion from two lanes to three, with a center two-way left-turn lane; new storm sewers and curb and gutter drainage; a multi-use trail; and a widening of bridges over Interstate 69 and Flaugh Ditch.

Primco Inc. submitted the low bid of $7.6 million to build the initial phase. A few details including landscaping and trail work are not finished, Green said.

The next Bass Road improvement phase, from the west side of Hillegas Road to Clifty Parkway, is scheduled for bid this fall, with construction to begin in 2020, Green said.