Round and round: roundabout coming to Groveport intersection

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

A roundabout is being planned for a busy intersection south of Groveport.

Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst said the Ohio Department of Transportation and Franklin County have plans to remove the traffic light and construct a roundabout at the intersection of State Route 317 and Rohr Road.

“Construction is currently scheduled for the summer of 2022 and is expected to be completed in the same construction season,” said Carla Marable, director of communications for the Franklin County Engineer’s Office. “The project will be funded with $1.175 million of ODOT Safety Funds and the remainder of the cost will come from the Franklin County Auto and Gas Tax Fund.”

Marable said that, based on a 2017 traffic count, the daily traffic entering the intersection is approximately 15,000 vehicles per day.

Farst said state and county officials believe the roundabout will “improve the traffic flow and performance of the intersection.”

Added Marable, “The installation of a roundabout will reduce both the existing long traffic queues and congestion related crashes.”

Marable said preliminary engineering for the project is still being completed.

“It is anticipated that the roundabout will be a single lane,” said Marable.

Regarding potential detour routes once the project begins, Marable said, “It is yet to be determined if this project will be built under a full closure with a detour or whether traffic will be maintained.”

In additional traffic news pertaining to another busy nearby intersection, Farst said Franklin County plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of Pontius and Rohr roads in the summer of 2020.

For information on how to drive through a roundabout, visit www.franklincountyengineer.org/how-to-drive-a-roundabout/

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