ORONO, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation’s plans to add a roundabout at the intersection of Route 2 and the Rangeley Road entrance to the University of Maine will not solve all the area’s traffic problems, but it’s a good start, Town Manager Sophie Wilson said Tuesday.

“We have an intersection that is dangerous,” Wilson told about 35 residents and Orono staffers at a public hearing about the project.

“The city is aware we have issues along the entire Park Street corridor,” Wilson said later, adding that is why town leaders recently enacted a six-month moratorium on developments along Park Street, “so we don’t exacerbate the problem.”

“The roundabout is the most important piece” of the long-term solution, the town manager said.

More than one resident said traveling through the area was “scary” at times, especially during high-volume times before and after classes at UMaine start or end.

Resident Danny Williams, who is the director of the Collins Center for the Arts, asked that additional safety measures be put into place now, since construction on the roundabout is not scheduled to start until early 2018.

“It’s a scary place, and I’m glad we’re addressing this, but we’re two years out,” Williams said.

Others said they worried about students exiting the Orchard Trails housing complex or gaining access to the Bangor Savings Bank, which will get a new driveway off Rangeley Road.

Rhobe Moulton, Maine Department of Transportation senior project manager, said the state is working with local officials to improve safety in the area. She said she expects the advertising for contractors to be placed in November 2017, with a projected January 2018 start.

“We’re currently looking at a $2.5 million estimate” for the roundabout, Moulton said.

The Orono roundabout, originally estimated to cost about $1.65 million, is one of 425 Maine Department of Transportation capital projects listed for 2014.

Sharisse Roberts, a certified orientation and mobility instructor for the blind and visually impaired, asked several questions about pedestrians crossing Route 2.

“All the crossings on Route 2 will have electric crossings,” project designer Jonathan French told residents.

Roberts asked about distance for the two crosswalks that take residents across Route 2 near Tradewinds store and Aroma Joe’s coffee shop and was informed the crossing was about 50 feet.

“This is just super scary the more I look at it,” Roberts said, expressing concerns about travel time with her blind or visually-impaired clients.

She said after the hearing ended that she was pleased with the response from state officials, who seemed to want to “take everything into consideration.”

Avid bicycle rider Erik DaSilva suggested a raised speed table to slow vehicle traffic moving through the area, and state and local officials agreed that is something they would consider.

“This project is not going to fix everything,” Moulton said.