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SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The design phase for the Shawnee Road bridge and roundabout project is nearing completion, an official told Allen County commissioners on Tuesday.

Brion Rhodes, chief deputy engineer for the Allen County Engineer’s Office, said the project to replace the Shawnee Road bridge just north of the intersection with Fort Amanda Road and construct a roundabout at the intersection is on schedule for construction in 2014 and 2015.

“Currently we’re in the final detailed design of the project itself. We have a general idea what the bridge is going to be and a general idea about the roundabout itself,” Rhodes said. “The design is to the point where we actually are able to start our right-of-way process. Currently, we’re out starting to appraise the properties and then we’ll start in to acquisition come the first of the year.”

Commissioners on Tuesday approved a modification agreement with DLZ out of Columbus who has been consulting on the design. The change doesn’t increase the cost of the design, Rhodes said.

The design of the project has cost about $508,000 with the total price tag of the project estimated to be $7.5 million, Rhodes said.

Last month, Shawnee Township Trustee Dave Belton told commissioners the township is planning a project that will provide at least one alternative route through the area even though traffic is expected to be maintained throughout construction.

Belton said the plan is to extend Blue Jacket Court to Fort Amanda Road to encourage economic development in the area but also providing one alternative route.

“The actual goal of the project is to create more economic development. We had some land that was basically wasn’t being used for anything and we also saw with the roundabout project that was coming up we needed another traffic outlet, especially during construction,” Belton said. “It occurred one day with one of our employees and we looked south out of the parking lot at the old Dave’s Market and said, ‘Gee, look at this.’ We took the lead and ran with it.”

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