Two projects being planned in Tipp City and Troy are intended to help improve traffic flow on major roads.
A project to widen County Road 25A on Tipp City’s northwest side near Interstate 75 was proposed to help ease local traffic congestion and ensure an alternate route to the interstate.
A signal interconnect project on Ohio 41 (West Main Street) in Troy at Dorset Road and Mary Bill Drive is part of a project designed to help with traffic flow in an area also near the interstate.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on the projects on issues such as the effect on residents, air quality, the local economy and historic or cultural resources.
The widening of County Road 25A to five lanes in Tipp City would be from Floral Acres Drive to the I-75 interchange in the area of the Meijer Distribution Center. Traffic signals at Kessler-Cowlesville Road and the turn lane at the Meijer Distribution Center would be upgraded and a bike lane now at the interchange would be extended to Kessler-Cowlesville Road.
“Completing this section of road will complete the left turn lane, which will provide better traffic flows. At this time, traffic gets bottle necked at County Road 25A and Kessler-Cowlesville Road when someone is turning left,” said Tim Eggleston, city manager in Tipp City. “Adding this dimension will help. If you try to turn at 5 p.m., forget it.”
The estimated project cost was listed by ODOT at approximately $2.5 million including design and right of way acquisition costs. Money for the project would come from the federal Surface Transportation program and the Ohio Public Works Commission along with local funds. The most recent local cost was listed at $120,000. The project award is expected in November 2020.
The Troy project would be a continuation of a project on Ohio 41. Previous work was done west of the interstate between Troy Town Drive and the signal at the entrance to Meijer/Lowes. Dorset Road is located east of the interstate and Mary Bill Drive to the west. The project would interconnect traffic signals and allow more remote monitoring and advanced detection of vehicles.
The changes “will give the drive a more continuous movement during high volume times and allow staff to modify signal timing,” said Jill Rhoades, Troy’s city engineer. “The goal is to assist traffic to have continuous movement along the corridor by interconnecting … proximity signals, which reduces delay and idle time.”
ODOT listed the estimated project construction cost at $342,000. It would be to paid with Surface Transportation program federal dollars ($236,000) and local funding ($106,000), Rhoades said. The project contract is scheduled for award in spring 2021.
Comments on the projects will be accepted until Dec. 28. Comments can be submitted to Tricia Bishop at 937-497-6721 or Tricia.Bishop@dot.ohio.gov.
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