MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A makeover on Austin Pike is adding a rare new feature to the roadways in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Engineers Office is trying to make it easier for drivers to get around. One of their latest features to the roads – a loon.

2 NEWS asked, what exactly is a loon?

“It’s pavement that’s constructed outside the normal lanes so people can make a U-turn when there is a median in the roadway, it gives them room to make their full turn. So, they don’t have to back up” said Paul Gruner, Montgomery County engineer.

The loon provides a turnaround for eastbound traffic to enter residences on the north side of the road between the loon and Washington Church Road. It can fit compact vehicles to small semi trucks.

One of many changes to come – like new blacktop, landscaping and raised medians. Thanks to the boost in traffic in that area, work will get underway this spring.

“Austin carries traffic to the interchange and Yankee Road carries traffic to Austin for commuters in that area of Centerville and Washington Township going to their working or shopping destinations” said Gruner.

The County Engineers Office is also making more room for drivers, widening the roadway from two lanes to five. Including a turn lane.

This loon on Austin Pike is one of two in Montgomery County. The other one is in Kettering on East David Road.

Future plans for the area include adding a turning lane on Yankee Road, north of Austin Pike up to Green Winding Way. That project is set to start next year.