LIMA — Allen County Commissioners approved the next step in updating Shawnee Township’s roundabout during their meeting Thursday morning.
Allen County Engineer Brion Rhodes said the county earlier in the year had hired a roundabout consultant from Georgia to check out what could be done to reduce the number of minor accidents seen at the intersection. With the consultant’s suggestions now in hand, Rhodes asked commissioners to approve a $23,500 contract with Columbus-based engineering firm DLZ to design the project and draft plans.
“The roundabout is moving cars very efficiently, but (the number of accidents) are more than what we’d like to see,” Rhodes said.
Anticipated improvements are meant to slow down the speed of vehicles moving through the roundabout and encourage drivers to stay in their lanes. Such changes include narrowing the lanes, adding signage, emphasizing the road markings and moving the yield lines forward.
The Shawnee roundabout was the site of 78 accidents between 2017 and 2019. Making improvements to the intersection, however, has ranked lower on the county’s priority list over the last few years because those accidents at the intersection have not caused any serious injuries or deaths.
Commissioners unanimously approved the contract and thanked Rhodes for working to reduce the number of accidents at the intersection.
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