North Ridgeville roundabout project almost complete

 

By KAREN CODY

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – The roundabout project is expected to be complete on Oct. 1. This has many residents excited with the hopes of more efficient traffic flow at the intersection of Mills Road and State Route 83 and economic boosts to the area.

“I can’t wait until this is done,” resident Bill Pate said. “The project is totally worth it. I love roundabouts and how they keep traffic moving. You may move slow as you traverse the roundabout, but that beats waiting two or three light changes to get through an intersection.”

Another resident, Michelle Hung, had also had positive things to say about the project.

“The word I keep using is ‘impressive,’” Hung said. “I went down and walked around it today. It really gives you a sense of pride for our city. People will be very happy with this.”

The construction will cost more than $1 million when done. The Ohio Public Works Commission, grant funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the cities of Avon and North Ridgeville provided funding.

Studies have shown that roundabouts are safer than traditional stop sign or signal controlled intersections, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. One institute study done in 2015 showed that roundabouts had 37 percent fewer collisions and a 90 percent reduction in fatal collisions.

 


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