Perrysburg to install roundabout
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:31
PERRYSBURG - A roundabout planned in 2015 is the first step toward building a new corridor through the southeast end of the city.
The new intersection will allow continuous traffic flow at Carronade Drive and Eckel Junction Road and is the initial move toward shifting traffic onto Carronade, Administrator Bridgette Kabat said during a Service-Safety Committee meeting Monday.
"This is kind of like phase one to ultimately having Carronade being the feeder to (Ohio) 199, and closing off Eckel Junction and making a cul-de-sac," Kabat said.
Carronade will eventually be extended to connect with Ohio 199.
Council President John Kevern indicated the plan had been in the works for several years, and the committee voted 3-0 to fund up to $43,700 in design work this year. Also supporting the effort were new councilors Jim Matuszak and Barry VanHoozen.
Engineer Doug Dariano said he solicited proposals for the work early in 2013, but no design money was budgeted. Poggemeyer Design Group will be contracted to draw the plans, which he estimated at $40,800.
"If you look at the quadrants of that intersection, they have done all the subdivision work in that area, so they're very familiar with the project area," Dariano said.
About one-third of construction costs will be funded by state grant money obtained through the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Perrysburg will spend $325,000, with another $150,000 coming from the state.
"This is our gas tax and our license tax money coming back to us from the state of Ohio for smaller projects," Dariano said.
"It's not that complicated of a project; however, because it's administered by the state of Ohio, there are some additional wickets we have to go through."
Also at the meeting, Dariano provided an update on upcoming improvements to the intersection at Eckel Junction and Ohio 25, which will allow for further economic development in an area that already experiences heavy traffic.
Kabat said the work is long overdue and will be done regardless of whether a business is ready to locate there. Big-box retailer Costco has made plans to build a store in the area, though there have been delays and the project has not received final approval.
Costco or any other business selecting a site there would be asked to contribute to the improvements.
The committee unanimously recommended that city council approve $283,000 for property acquisition along Eckel Junction and Ohio 25. Dariano said he hopes to begin the work early in the spring and complete the project by the end of the year.
Also mentioned Monday was an effort to restructure Fort Meigs Road between Roachton and Five Point roads. Separately, Dariano briefly reviewed a long-range Ohio Department of Transportation project to reconfigure traffic on the Ohio 25 bridge over Interstate 475 and U.S. 23.
Although unlikely until 2016 or 2017, the ODOT project would install an innovative divergent-diamond pattern that maintains traffic flow. Jon Eckel, director of public service, said that project would result in a 40 percent improvement in traffic flow.