Van Wert residents concerned over ODOT roundabout proposal

ODOT officials call it the 27th deadliest intersection in Ohio, but residents say a single-lane roundabout isn't the solution to the safety problem.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 12:40 AM
Updated: Nov 21, 2019 6:46 PM

VAN WERT, Ohio (WFFT) — Ohio Department of Transportation officials showcased a new plan for the state's 27th deadliest intersection, by inserting a roundabout to deal with traffic and safety concerns, but residents and business owners nearby aren't happy with the proposal.

"There's a tremendous amount of traffic going through the intersection," says Jim McClure, a business owner nearby.

McClure goes through the intersection throughout the week, driving anything from a car to a semi-truck, and says a roudabout could spell trouble for truck drivers.

He does understand that something needs to change, with the intersection.

"I'm really glad that ODOT is looking at the intersection because its been an area of concern of mine and people for a long time," says McClure.

Other residents brought up environmental impacts, traffic concerns with roudabouts and the project cost to officials.

ODOT says the project would not start constructed, if approved, until 2022.

The cost of the project is roughly $2.1 million.

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