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Granger/Ridge roads roundabout proposed

6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

A roundabout has been proposed for Granger and Ridge roads in Granger Township to slow traffic at that intersection.
Graphic courtesy of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 3
GRANGER — About 50 people attended a public meeting June 19 on a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Granger and Ridge (state Route 94) roads in Granger Township.

Mac Vance, environmental coordinator for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3, said the meeting was conducted to introduce the idea of the roundabout to residents.

“It was also to solicit comments and to see if there is opposition, and there was,” he said. “A lot of people were vocal about it, but a lot of people afterward came up and were real excited.”

Vance said the intersection currently features stop signs on Granger Road. During the reconstruction of state Route 18 a few years ago, there was a traffic light put at the intersection, but that was meant to be temporary, he said.

There has been interest in a light there, but the amount of traffic does not warrant a light, Vance said.

However, the number of accidents at the site does signal that some action is needed, he added. According to ODOT, from 2008 to 2011, there were 18 reported collisions in the intersection, and 14 of those involved injuries. There have been no fatalities, Vance said.

ODOT has determined that the best way to improve the intersection is to put a roundabout there. Vance said the project would be completely federally funded, so there would be no cost to the township. Construction would likely take place in 2016 after property in the right-of-way is acquired, Vance said.

He added ODOT officials want residents to know that the roundabout proposed is different from a traffic circle, similar to what is at Sharon Circle.

“What a roundabout will do is slow people down and take away the potential for high-speed accidents,” he said.

In a modern roundabout, traffic in the roundabout has the right of way, so entering traffic yields to vehicles already inside. Vance said that means the modern roundabout can move traffic more safely and efficiently than other four-way intersection designs.

Vance said ODOT is taking comments through July 3 on the proposed roundabout. Comments may be emailed to Vance at Mac.Vance@dot.state.oh.us or mailed to ODOT District 3, Attention: Mac Vance, 906 Clark Ave., Ashland, OH 44805.

Vance said ODOT officials will reply to all comments. He added that Granger trustees must agree with the project for it to move forward.

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