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.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the public meeting tonight regarding the U.S. 127/U.S 224 and Marsh Road intersection in Van Wert. Visit the website to submit your comment regarding the project by December 19: https://t.co/KOWnAkxgG6 pic.twitter.com/K2ToD8ub4J
— ODOT NW Ohio (@ODOT_NWOhio) November 20, 2019