BROWN COUNTY - First there were roundabouts. Now, a new type of turn to increase safety is up and running along Highway 29.
It's the second of its kind in Wisconsin. The other one is in Northwest Wisconsin.
It's called a J-turn and in our area, it's located on Highway 29 and County VV.
If you're looking to turn left from County Road VV onto the highway, you're going to have to take a little detour.
"If you want to do that crossing or turn left, you can still do it, it's just now you need to take a right turn, go down about a quarter mile and you can turn around and come right back," explained DOT Safety Engineer Scott Nelson.
Watch this video to see how to negotiate a J-turn:
Officials say this J-turn was installed to increase safety along that corridor.
The DOT says between 2008 and 2012, there were 29 crashes at that intersection.
"We've been here since 1983, and we've seen a lot of accidents at that corner, people trying to cross four lanes of traffic," explained Brad Van Hemelryk, plant manager at Maplewood Meats.
Businesses along that stretch, like Maplewood Meats, say it's a good change.
Residents say safety is also a concern, but some feel it will take some getting used to.
"Tonight I'll be going up to see my son in Sobieski and I'll have to make an extra quarter mile turn just to get across the highway, but it's worth it," explained Hobart resident Gary Baumann.
Even though this is the second J-turn in the state, it won't be the last.
DOT officials say they plan to construct one on Highway 23 in Sheboygan County this fall.
But this won't be the only adjustment for motorists along Highway 29.
The DOT is also making changes just down the road, at the County Road U intersection.
The total price tag for these two projects is around $1 million.
They're part of the overall, $12 to $17 million Highway 29 reconstruction project.
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