Members of Pickerington City Council's Service Committee reviewed Dec. 12 the two alternative redesign plans for the city's "K-type" intersection at Center Street, Milnor Road and Meadows Boulevard.
City Engineer Greg Bachman said the intersection needs to be improved because it has continually created confusion, which in turn has lead to ongoing safety issues.
With additional traffic at that particular intersection, solving the problem remains a paramount concern of the city.
"The Center/Milnor/Meadows intersection is an 'awkward' traffic configuration," Bachman said.
"It could be described as a 'K' intersection, with two streets coming into the main road (Center Street) from the same side," he said.
"This leads to a situation where drivers don't quite know who is turning into which street and there can be confusion as to who has the right of way.
"There have been regular complaints about this intersection in the three years that I have been the city engineer," Bachman said.
"Traffic volumes are increasing at the intersection and we would like to improve it before the situation gets worse," he said.
Ron Mattox, Senior Project Manager with Jobes Henderson and Associates, a Newark, Ohio-based engineering consulting firm the city approved to redesign the intersection, presented two design plans to the Service Committee.
Alternative "A" would separate Milnor Road and Meadows Boulevard to make two "T" intersections with Center Street.
Alternative "B" would terminate Meadows Boulevard as a cul-de-sac, making Milnor Road a "T" intersection with Center Street.
Bachman said "both alternatives would reduce the hill on Center Street, improving the sight distance."
In August of 2012 Pickerington City Council unanimously approved spending $133,215 to redesign the intersection.
Bachman said the project has received funding through both the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
"The funding is 80 percent for right-of-way acquisition and construction, with a maximum amount of $500,000," Bachman said.
Mattox said the next step is to present the alternatives at a public meeting sometime in early 2013.
Bachman said a public meeting will be scheduled "after the Service Committee has had a chance to review the project and give their input."
"The public hearing will probably be in late Winter (or) early Spring (of) 2013," Bachman said. "There will be plenty of time for public comment."
Once the design has been chosen from the two alternatives, the city will then seek bids for construction of the project, which is projected to commence in either 2015 or 2016.