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Trier Road area tapped for roundabout

– The east side of Fort Wayne will be home to the city’s fifth roundabout.

Board of Public Works members Wednesday approved a $94,900 contract with Crossroad Engineers to study the intersection of Landin, Maysville and Trier roads and design a roundabout to replace the current four-way stop.

City traffic engineer Shan Gunawardena said the intersection is ideal for a roundabout because it has imbalanced traffic, with a lot of cars on some legs and not many on others and the angles are imperfect. In addition, Gunawardena said, it is on the border with New Haven and so is a gateway to the city.

The study and design work will take place next year, he said, with construction slated for 2015.

The city has a roundabout on Old Mill Road, two at Pontiac and Wayne Trace, and is constructing a fourth next summer at the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and Ewing and Superior streets.

Board members also voted to spend $519,563 to buy nearly 9,000 water meters.

Officials said about 5,000 meters will replace old meters in the Aqua North system, which the city bought a few years ago. The rest will be used to replace meters in the Aqua Southwest system, which the city is in the process of buying.

Board members also approved spending $510,762 to buy6,000 Itron water meter radios and meter reading equipment. About 5,000 will be installed on the new Aqua North meters, the rest will replace any worn out or broken radios in the southwest system after the purchase.

City Utilities has been using Itron water meter radios on 73,500 of its 79,000 meters since 2003. The radios allow a city vehicle to read meters simply by driving slowly down the street.

The board also approved a $210,229 contract with Rothenberger Co. to replace 2,510 linear feet of water main on Fairfield Avenue, Hollis Lane and Millside Court. The new mains will replace cast iron pipes installed in the 1950s; there have been 51 breaks in the area.

The contract brings the total water main replacement contracted this year to 9.5 miles. Officials promised that a 2012 rate boost would pay for at least nine miles of replacement a year.