An intersection on the outskirts of New Albany with a history of accidents is slated for improvements to increase safety.
The Franklin County Engineer's Office will spend $3 million to build a roundabout at Kitzmiller and Morse roads. The project includes a reconstruction of the bridge on Morse Road over Blacklick Creek, just east of Kitzmiller.
The intersection, which has stop signs but no traffic lights, ranks annually as one of Franklin County's top five most dangerous unsignalized intersections, based on the number and severity of crashes, said Fritz Crosier, chief deputy of engineering for the county engineer.
From 2013 to 2015, 16 crashes were recorded at the intersection, Crosier said. Five caused injuries and one included a fatality, he said.
Franklin County determined that a roundabout would be the best solution to address safety after observing a trend in crashes at the intersection over the past decade, Crosier said.
"Speeds of motorists will be reduced, and because of the lower speeds, it will be a much safer intersection for Franklin County's traveling public," he said.
Franklin County obtained $1 million from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the project, Crosier said, leaving the county with $2 million to fund.
Construction on the single-lane roundabout is expected to begin this fall and conclude a year later, he said.
The closure of the intersection and the bridge would occur at the same time for about 120 days, which wouldn't occur until spring 2019 at the earliest, he said.
Traffic affected by the intersection's closure will be detoured using Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, East Dublin-Granville Road, Babbitt Road and Clark State Road, Crosier said.
The roundabout should be similar in size to the one at U.S. Route 62 and Greensward Road, said Michael Barker, New Albany's city engineer.
The northeast portion of the Kitzmiller-Morse project is in New Albany's right of way, Barker said.