Rossford roundabout is revived PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:43
ROSSFORD - The roundabout debate of how to improve the intersection of Lime City and Buck roads near the Penta Career Center appears to be moving toward a conclusion.
Monday the Rossford City Council voted unanimously to sign on to a cooperative agreement to pay for a study of the five options being considered to improve the intersection.
Last year, Rossford council put the kibosh on a project that called for two roundabouts, one at the intersection and one at the entrance to Penta.
More recent traffic counts have shown that a more modest project could do the job.
The new study will provide cost estimates for those options. The cost is $58,095, split five ways among the county engineer, Rossford, Perrysburg Township, Penta and the Rossford Transportation Improvement District. Each party's share is $11,619.
Councilman Chuck Duricek, who opposed the original project, said that one option calls for nothing to be done, and the other four are various combinations of roundabouts and turn lanes.
Any roundabout would be smaller than originally envisioned, he said, and that would reduce the cost.
That plan had an estimated cost. The city's share could have been as much as $550,000 with the bulk of the funding coming from a $3 million federal grant.
Duricek said having the transportation district involved was a major change. "The transportation improvement district has ways to get money that nobody else does."
Councilman Greg Marquette questioned spending money on another study. "I hate studies," he said. He said the parties should have enough information at hand to make a decision.
Councilwoman Caroline Eckel said that the study will do more than determine cost. In order to do that, some design work will have to be done.
Duricek conceded "$11,000 is a lot of money," but he said it needed to be spent "to get the project moving forward."
Marquette said that he had originally opposed a roundabout, but the more he learned the more he was convinced it is the way to go.
County Engineer Ray Huber, who attended the meeting, thanked council for the vote of approval, conceding "it's been a very long road."

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