Rossford returns to roundabout discussion PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:18
ROSSFORD - Ten months after discussions about construction of two roundabouts at the site of Penta Career Center in Perrysburg Township hit a dead end, talks have resumed.
Robert Ruse told his fellow Rossford councilmen Monday that new traffic studies indicate that fewer vehicles are going through the intersection at Buck and Lime City than anticipated. The original numbers date to before Penta, which has more than 1,400 students, had opened. Officials from TMACOG, the county, the township and the city are interested in having a full traffic study done to see what the traffic flow at the intersection is.
Ruse said that the new study could show that the scope of the $5 million project could be "significantly reduced." Most of the cost would have been picked up by a federal grant with the other parties sharing the rest.
Last April Rossford City Council balked at paying its share, which could have been as much as $550,000, for the project that they said benefited Penta, which is in the township.
Rossford Councilman Chuck Duricek said the new traffic count would take into consideration weekends when All Saints Catholic Church and Cedar Creek Church, both on Lime City Road, have services.
Also, Penta has offered to increase its participation in the project. Originally it pledged $150,000, but that would include the value of the property used in the project.
Now, Superintendent Ron Matter said, the school would contribute $150,000 in cash in addition to the property.
"Our position at Penta is we don't want more tax dollars spent if we get back to where we were," he  said of the new development.
He noted the school has been open for five years with the existing intersection. "If something happens, great."
One of the possible ways the facility could be scaled back is eliminating the proposed roundabout at Penta's entrance on Buck Road. The original plan called for two, one at the entrance and one at the Lime City-Buck intersection, which critics said was far more than was needed.
But the federal government hinges its funds on reducing air pollution by keeping traffic moving, not idling at lights or stop signs, so building roundabouts was required to get the federal dollars.
Ruse said that once the traffic count is completed and submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation, it will take 90 days to get a response.

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