ST. CLOUD -- The University Drive Roundabout at 5th Avenue South opens today, about a week ahead of schedule. Crews are putting down the final lift of pavement today.

The $2.5-million project got a later start because of the state government shutdown, but St. Cloud City Engineer Steve Foss says the dry weather in September has allowed crews to get ahead of schedule.

Federal funds are paying about $1.8-million of the project cost.

It's St. Cloud's first roundabout intersection.