State awards funding for Price Hilliards/Rte. 42 roundabout

(Posted Nov. 14, 2022)

On Nov. 4, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks announced details on $121 million in new traffic safety projects planned for Ohio, including the installation of approximately two dozen roundabouts in numerous counties across the state.

In Madison County, ODOT will construct a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Price Hilliards Road and U.S. Route 42. The state is spending $3 million on the project. Work is slated for fiscal year 2006.

“A top priority of my administration has been making travel in our state safer, particularly at Ohio intersections that are known to be dangerous,” DeWine said. “Studies show that roundabouts significantly reduce the likelihood of serious or deadly intersection crashes.”

According to ODOT, there were only six traffic deaths at Ohio roundabouts from 2017 to 2021 compared to 1,126 deaths at a signalized or stop-controlled intersection.

“Roundabouts save lives. They reduce severe crashes, move traffic more efficiently, and are cheaper to maintain than signalized intersections,” Marchbanks said.

In total, the funding will support project development, right of way, and construction of 50 projects in 31 counties across the state. In addition to roundabouts, other projects include safer pedestrian crossings, traffic signal upgrades, and turning lane improvements.

Funding for these projects will be awarded through ODOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program. In May, DeWine announced $51 million in traffic safety improvement projects to address an increase in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.

In 2019, DeWine directed ODOT to put focus on improving 150 of the most dangerous intersections in the state. This year, he announced an increase in Ohio’s yearly funding allocation for local bridge projects by $47.5 million for the next five years.

To help address unintentional motor vehicle crashes, which are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers and young adults in Ohio, DeWine launched the “Ready, Test, Drive!” virtual driver assessment program to more accurately assess new drivers’ road readiness and help identify skills those drivers need to improve. In 2020, DeWine formed the Ohio Traffic Safety Council to coordinate and monitor all statewide safety initiatives, launched a new work zone traffic enforcement plan in coordination with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and awarded grants to juvenile courts to help them give young drivers more access to advanced driver training.

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1 COMMENT

  1. People using the road make mistakes (like speeding, running stop signs and red lights, turning left in front of oncoming traffic), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.

    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world – the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes – (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system – intersections. The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you might need a tow truck, but rarely an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or FHWA for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts.

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