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More ''Michigan Lefts'' being added

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A ''heads up'' for drivers in Hamilton County: that relatively new "Michigan Left" turn at 96th and Allisonville Road is about to be replicated.

By the end of the day Monday, three of the four left hand turns there won't be allowed.  Instead, you'll have to make a U-turn and double back to go in the direction you want.

For example, if you are heading west on 96th Street and want to go south on to Allisonville Road, you will need to make a right turn, then make a U-turn and head south.  It's the same for drivers traveling north on Allisonville Road, who want to go west on to 96th Street. You will go right, make a U-turn and head west.

Last month, the first "Michigan Left" was adopted. Traffic traveling East on 96th Street, wanting to go north on Allisonville Road, instead had to head south first, then double back. The whole idea of this is to actually reduce congestion and reduce wait times. Currently some drivers wait up to 3 minutes to make a left hand turn. This is supposed to pull the congestion away from the already busy intersection and make things flow more smoothly.

These two new "Michigan Lefts" go into affect at 7:00 p.m. Monday. The final left turn for southbound Allisonville traffic to eastbound 96th Street goes into effect next month.  The idea is to gradually let everyone get the hang of it.

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