GRANGER TWP: An engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation has confirmed that the roundabout project for Granger and Ridge roads is moving forward and set an anticipated time frame for its construction.
Dawn Roxberry, engineer in the Traffic Planning Department of ODOT’s District 3, said the project is moving to the design stage and toward completion of preliminary right-of-way plans.
“Based on the current schedule and funding, the project is anticipated to be constructed in 2016,” she said in a recent interview.
A number of township residents had expressed concern about the project at a public meeting June 19 that drew a crowd of about 50. Those in attendance were invited to complete a comment sheet and send it to ODOT.
Roxberry said that although there are concerns about the roundabout in general, the primary concern for ODOT is for the safety of the approximately 9,000 vehicles that travel through the intersection daily.
In the two months since the public meetings, ODOT received 21 responses. Of those, 11 were favorable, 8 were not in favor of the project and 2 were undecided. Concerns cited included costs, tree removal, speed limit inquiries, detours and noise during construction and the ability of the roundabout to accommodate trucks.
A federal grant, already approved, will cover the roundabout’s anticipated $2.5 million cost.
“While many citizens noted the cost of the project is much higher than possibly installing a traffic signal, a traffic signal is not warranted at the intersection and was therefore not considered for installation,” Roxberry said. “Also, while a signal is cheaper than a roundabout, it is not cheaper if turn lanes are needed.”
Roxberry said the project will minimize disturbing existing topographic features.
Some residents asked if simply lowering the speed limits at the intersection would be sufficient.
ODOT will perform a speed-zone study along state Route 94 between Routes 18 and 303 to determine if the posted speed limits are still reasonable. Changes in the speed limits would not eliminate the need for the roundabout, however, the state said.
Work will be completed during the summer months to avoid affecting school traffic.