LEXINGTON TWP. — The county is getting another roundabout, this time at Edison Street and McCallum Avenue NE.
The project will be under the Ohio Department of Transportation. Edison Street NE, aka state Route 619, is a 15-mile, east-west path into the northern and northeastern portions of Stark County. It connects the Alliance area with the Barberton area of Summit County. About 2,750 motorists travel each day on the portion of Edison Street NE in Lexington Township.
McCallum Avenue NE is a county road. North of Edison Street NE, McCallum Avenue has about 2,000 motorists daily and south of Edison Street, there are 1,300 to 1,400 motorists each day.
“Generally speaking, when you do a roundabout, it is to improve safety,” said Justin Chesnic, public relations officer for ODOT’s District 4. “I think we are looking at the spring of 2021. So we are looking a couple of years out.”
Projected cost is about $1.9 million. The intersection is about two and a half miles west of the north side of Alliance. It would be the second roundabout in Lexington Township. The existing one is at Beeson Street NE and Freshley Avenue NE, about a half mile west of Alliance.
Currently, at the Edison and McCallum intersection there are stop signs for the McCallum motorists. There are yellow caution lights for the Edison Street traffic. With a roundabout, the traffic is expected to continually flow in one direction around a central island. The circular design reduces the likelihood of an angular crash in the intersection.
“That project was on our radar to fund six or seven years ago,” said Jeff Dutton, technical director of Stark County Area Traffic Study. “It is a pretty good-sized roundabout.”
ODOT has scheduled a public information sharing meeting for 5 p.m. June 20 in Lexington Township Hall at 14555 Gaskill Drive NE.
“We are focused on intersections where we think there is a problem, a safety problem,” Chesnic said. “Typically, what we see is if there are accidents in a roundabout, they are less severe. They are going slow in a roundabout. Over the years, we have tried to do a number of things at this intersection to improve safety. We had multiple stop signs. We have a major statewide intersection study program. That list studies the crashes and how dangerous the intersections are. This made the list.”