Drivers have started using another new roundabout near Otsiningo Park in the town of Dickinson.

The traffic circle has opened for traffic shortly before the Spiedie Fest and Ballon Rally gets underway at the park.

The Interstate 81's Front Street/Old Front Street interchange was closed for several days for the final stage of construction of the roundabout.

A directional sign at an entrance to a new roundabout in the town of Dickinson. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A directional sign at an entrance to a new roundabout in the town of Dickinson. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Although Exit 5 and the surface streets are back in service, workers are busy completing landscaping and other finishing touches to the project. The work will continue into the fall but no additional detours are planned.

The first roundabout built as part of the $16 million interchange redesign project opened on June 18.

The state Department of Transportation chose the roundabout alternative over another design option that would have controlled traffic using signals. The signalized alternative could have cost an additional $4 million.

A view from a vehicle traveling through the roundabout at Exit 5 from Interstate 81 on August 4, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A view from a vehicle traveling through the roundabout at Exit 5 from Interstate 81 on August 4, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Orange barricades remained in place on a section of Old Front Street until work is wrapped up.

A half-century old bridge that carried Front Street over Interstate 81 was replaced with a wider span that includes safety features to protect pedestrians and bicyclists.

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