Construction on a roundabout at Fairborn’s fifth most dangerous intersection will begin in 2019, according to city engineer Don O’Connor.
The intersection of Colonel Glenn Highway and Kauffman Avenue will be the location of Fairborn’s first roundabout, which is a circular intersection where traffic flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island.
A 2009 study identified the intersection as Fairborn’s fifth most dangerous, with a high number of rear-end and angle crashes. The intersection also has unnecessary delays when opposing traffic is not present, O’Connor said.
O’Connor said there will be “very little, if any impact on private property with this project.” The intersection is currently serviced by traffic lights.
The city won a Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission grant of $336,694 to construct the project. The consulting firm Strand Associates Inc. analyzed the intersection for the city in 2015 at no cost and determined that a roundabout would be the most effective design solution.
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The city entertained five proposals for the project and awarded a contract to DLZ Ohio, a firm O’Connor said has constructed more than 500 roundabouts. The design and right-of-way acquisition service contract, approved Monday night by city council, is for $188,967.
“I like the initial design,” said Councilman Tim Steininger. “It’s going to be new to town, but I like it and it will be good for safety.”
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