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TANNER MONDOK | Herald

Traffic drives through the Hermitage roundabout Monday. The roundabout opened to traffic earlier this month, but an official opening was held this morning in the parking lot of Smoky Martin's BBQ in Hermitage.

HERMITAGE — Though some minor work is ongoing, local and state officials gathered earlier this morning to recognize the new roundabout at the intersection of East State Street and the Shenango Valley Freeway.

The roundabout opened to traffic earlier this month, but an official opening was held this morning in the parking lot of Smoky Martin's BBQ in Hermitage.

PennDOT Project Manager Reggie Jannetti praised the various contractors involved with completing the roundabout in a timely manner despite some initial delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The roundabout is expected to reduce serious car accidents by about 75 percent while increasing the flow of traffic by about 30 percent, compared to a traditional intersection. Input and concerns from local residents, businesses and municipal officials were collected prior to construction, with PennDOT integrating those concerns into the project's design, PennDOT District Executive Brian McNulty said.

A full story will appear in tomorrow's digital edition of The Herald.

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