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Ohio Department of Transportation seeking public input on roundabout project in Ironton

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 10:06 PM EST
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IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) - Where U.S. 52 meets with state Route 93 has been known as a problem spot for years, with a high number of crashes.

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced a construction project targeted at improving safety.

“This is a location that’s been on ODOT’s radar for a while,” said Matt McGuire, a public information officer for ODOT. “In 2019, when Governor Mike Dewine listed the intersection on the 2019 Governor’s Top Safety Location list, that allowed us to put a little more focus on that.”

During a four-year period, more than 60 crashes occurred. Seventy-three percent of those crashes were rear-end collisions and another 33% were injury-related collisions.

McGuire says, with the high number of crashes in the area, the best long-term solution is to convert two signalized intersections to single-lane roundabouts.

ODOT would convert two signalized intersections to single-lane roundabouts.
ODOT would convert two signalized intersections to single-lane roundabouts.(ODOT)

It’s an effort that would reduce injury crashes by up to 71% and property damage crashes by up to 26%, according to ODOT.

ODOT will hold a virtual public meeting to hear concerns and feedback from drivers who travel through the area on Feb. 9.

To sign up, click here.

“We’re looking at the whole U.S. 52 Corridor. In this public meeting, we hope to get any info we can,” said Matt Selhorst, a transportation planner. “We’ve collected a lot of data and analysis, but now we’re looking at trying to make a lot of improvements to address the problems, the safety issues, the congestion, and backup issues. We want to hear input from the public.”

Construction for the project is set to begin in the spring of 2022.

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