New roundabouts in downtown South Bend to open to traffic on Thursday morning

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In advance of the Notre Dame home opener this weekend against Nevada, a major portion of the City of South Bend Smart Streets construction project will open to travelers on Thursday, September 8.

The roundabouts at Bartlett and Marion will open and traffic will begin flowing on Michigan Street, which has been closed since May.

It’s been a long time coming for residents of South Bend who have been living through the city’s Smart Streets construction process.

The conversions of Main Street and Michigan Street to two-way traffic throughout the downtown area and south of downtown to the new roundabout at Chippewa will be fully completed in November.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, along with officials from the Department of Public Works and other community leaders, will hold a press conference at 9 a.m.at Michigan and Bartlett to mark the opening of the roundabouts.

Traffic will be allowed to flow through around 9:30 a.m.

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