Construction at Hamburg Roundabout

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM EDT

HAMBURG (WKBW) Many Hamburg residents thought that following a deadly accident at a busy roundabout, state crews would be working to remove it entirely. But that is not the case, and family members of the victim are not happy.

The roundabout on the corner of Big Tree Road and South Park Avenue in Hamburg has been the center of controversy ever since a man lost his life in a one car crash back in October. Now family members say they want the circle gone to prevent any future tragedies from happening.

Seeing construction crews at the roundabout was originally a relief to Aaron Braun, whose father was killed at the intersection in October.

"If it wasn't for that circle he would still be with me right now and I would've been able to see him on Fathers Day," Braun said.

Crews were working to rip out the concrete center of the circle, but a spokesman for the State Department of Transportation, who is overseeing the project, says the circle is not being removed, but that construction is simply being completed.

"I hope the whole thing comes out, or if they have to redesign it. Just so that somebody else doesn't lose their dad, their parents, or someone they love," Braun said.

Ken Braun was killed in a one car crash in October of last year after his car hit the large rocks in the middle of the circle, flipped over, and caught on fire.

"They put this circle in without thinking about safety with rocks. And to put something in that looks good, as opposed to thinking about our safety is just uncalled for. It's crazy," Braun said.

Later Tuesday afternoon, workers set up large plastic rocks as a safety precaution for drivers to see when approaching the roundabout, according to a State Transportation rep. The DOT called the project "reconfiguration" and "modification" after the fatal crash. But for Aaron Braun, it is too little too late.

"I'm torn, my whole family is pretty torn. And that's a cost that you can't shake, you can't replace. You can't tear out, you can't set straight, you can't repave over," Braun said.

State officials say the construction is scheduled to be completed in 1-2 weeks.