Although construction likely will not start for at least a few more years, plans to build a roundabout adjacent to Berlin Township's fire station moved forward last week.

Although construction likely will not start for at least a few more years, plans to build a roundabout adjacent to Berlin Township's fire station moved forward last week.

Delaware County commissioners Nov. 28 voted unanimously to approve a $214,000 contract with Columbus-based Strand Associates for engineering services. Strand Associates' work will focus on designing planned improvements for the intersection of Cheshire and Old State roads.

"We actually studied this intersection several years ago and are proposing to construct a modern roundabout," said Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer for Delaware County.

Riley said planned development in the area likely will exacerbate existing traffic-congestion and safety problems in the area.

"We expect a good deal of traffic growth," he said.

Berlin Township's fire station sits on the northwest corner of the intersection, which is just west of Alum Creek reservoir.

Commissioner Gary Merrell asked Riley if the station's proximity to the intersection makes plans to build a roundabout more difficult.

Riley said Berlin Township Fire Department officials will be involved in the process of planning the intersection improvements. He said the roundabout likely will feature areas where motorists can pull over after exiting the intersection to allow safety vehicles to pass them.

"We will coordinate with the fire department to make sure their concerns are addressed," he said.

Riley said the project, which will cost about $1 million to construct, likely will not be built until 2020.

"We're really just getting started right now," he said.

Delaware County officials have been working to improve safety conditions at the increasingly busy intersection for several years. The Delaware County Engineer's Office installed LED-enhanced stop signs at the crossroads in December 2011 after two fatal crashes occurred within a five-year period.

The roundabout planned at Cheshire and Old State roads is one of several proposed by county officials for construction in the next five years.

Commissioners in August approved plans for workers to construct a roundabout at Bale Kenyon and Lewis Center roads in Orange Township next year. County plans also call for a roundabout to replace the current intersection of Jewett and Liberty roads in Liberty Township in 2017 or 2018.

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