Delaware County officials hope a planned roundabout provides some relief to drivers at a busy intersection just south of Powell's city limits.
Delaware County commissioners earlier in July accepted $495,000 in grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission to put toward improvements at the intersection of Jewett and Liberty roads in Liberty Township. The county will cover the rest of the costs for the estimated $1.1 million project to construct a single-lane roundabout at the crossroads.
Currently, the T-shaped intersection is controlled by three stop signs.
Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer for the county, said he expects utility relocation for the project could begin in the fall. The construction of the roundabout likely will not begin until spring or summer 2018.
"It will take about three months to build the roundabout," Riley said.
Residents can expect closures of one of the two roadways during the construction project, Riley said.
County officials looked at two other options for the intersection before deciding to build a roundabout: doing nothing or installing a traffic signal. Officials determined the existing and projected congestion required some action and concluded a traffic signal would be more expensive and no more beneficial than a roundabout.
Drivers who pass through the congested intersection may have noticed a new presence in the last few weeks.
Liberty Township trustees in June agreed to pay for a Delaware County Sheriff's deputy to direct traffic at the intersection during evening rush hour. The move came after the Ohio Department of Transportation closed state Route 315 between Jewett Road and state Route 750, causing increased congestion on other area roads.
Liberty Township Administrator Matt Huffman previously said the township plans to pay for the deputy until ODOT reopens Route 315.