ODOT discusses proposed roundabout project

LIMA — A local road in Allen County may receive its third roundabout to prevent crashes.

The Ohio Department of Transportation hosted a presentation for community members to discuss a new project on Thayer Road. The goal of the change is to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities.

“This project was born out of safety,” ODOT District 1 Capital Programs Administrator Rob White said. “Thayer Road for us has been on our radar. We have been able to address Thayer and [state Route] 309. We have been able to address Thayer and 30. This is the next area that shows a high crash trend that we are able to go after.”

The first public meetings were held at Union Chapel Missionary Church near the proposed location of the roundabout.

“The roundabout is the alternative that we are recommending,” White said. “We are recommending an alternative here to build a roundabout. However, it is not final. We want public comments. If there are things that we are missing or things that people would like to point out, we want to hear about those. We will incorporate whatever comments we have into the final design to make sure that this functions well for community members, the public and businesses that are around.”

White also said there will be a 30-day comment period for residents. ODOT will reply to all comments and questions.

ODOT will continue to host public meetings and provide opportunities for community members to share their feedback at transportation.ohio.gov.

For more information reach Project Manager Travis McKibben at 419-999-6841 or email at [email protected].

Reach Precious Grundy at 567-242-0351.