By Dustin Ensinger
Some of Delaware County’s busiest intersections could be a little less congested in the coming years.
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday took steps to improve three major intersections.
The commissioners voted unanimously to approved plans to install a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Harriott and Concord roads.
The $1.45 million project is necessary due to expected growth in the area. The Ohio Public Works Commission will cover $320,000 of the project’s cost.
Construction is expected to begin in late August or early September.
The commissioners also unanimously approved a contract to improve the intersection of Big Walnut and Worthington roads.
The intersection will be signalized and turn lanes will be added.
“We did investigate a roundabout at this location,” said Delaware County Chief Deputy Engineer Rob Riley. “It didn’t work for a number of reasons.”
Construction on the $3 million project is set to begin in 2016, and will result in phased closures for 60 to 90 days.
The commissioners also voted 2-0 in favor of approving plans for improvements at the intersection of Bale Kenyon and Lewis Center roads.
The $3 million cost will include the installation of a single-lane roundabout and repairs to the Lewis Center Road bridge over Alum Creek.
“We feel like the roundabout is the safer option at the location,” said Riley.
Most of the project – 80 percent – will be funded federally.
Work is expected to begin in 2017.
Commissioner Ken O’Brien abstained from the vote after he expressed concern about shared-use paths expected to be built in conjunction with the improvements.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.