Although New Albany didn't receive funding to build a roundabout at state Route 605 and Walnut Street, the project remains on the city's radar, according to city spokesman Scott McAfee.

Last August, New Albany City Council approved a resolution to apply to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for funding for the roundabout.

City officials learned late last year the project didn't receive the funding, McAfee said. Officials had applied for 60% of the project cost, or approximately $1.62 million.

The roundabout project is estimated to cost a little more than $2.7 million for design, construction and land acquisition, McAfee said.

Roughly 75% of the roundabout would be outside the city's jurisdiction, though, he said.

The southwest corner of the intersection is the only portion in the city, he said. Other portions of the intersection include Plain Township and Franklin County, he said.

"The city would be interested in partnering on a solution to this area, but we only own 25% of it," McAfee said.

New Albany wouldn't want to fund the entire project, he said.

Part of the issue at the intersection is that the roadways don't align, McAfee said. When council members approved the MORPC funding request last August, they also decided that if improvements were made to the intersection, a roundabout would make the most sense, he said.

Roundabouts slow traffic, and if accidents do occur, they are less severe because of the reduced speed and angles of the vehicles involved, he said.

Although the city could reapply for funding from MORPC, the project is a long-range one, McAfee said. More than five years could pass before the intersection is improved, he said.

Ben Collins, Plain Township administrator, said the intersection primarily is within unincorporated Plain Township, but the township does not have jurisdiction over it.

State Route 605 is a state road and Walnut Street is a Franklin County road, he said.

The township is interested in improving the intersection and would consider how it might participate in a project according to funding the township has available, Collins said.

A series of serious accidents at the intersection a few years ago sparked safety concerns from residents, he said.

The alignment of the intersection presents visibility challenges, according to Collins when asked about it last year by ThisWeek. Oncoming traffic is difficult to see from the north and south, and a hill on the intersection's south side contributes to visibility issues, he said.

In addition, eastbound and westbound vehicles have stop signs, whereas northbound and southbound traffic does not, he said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation doesn't have any plans for the intersection, said Breanna Badanes, a spokeswoman for ODOT District 6.

Franklin County Engineer Cornell Robertson said his office always is interested in exploring partnership and collaboration opportunities with other agencies.

Potential partners for the offset intersection include Franklin County, New Albany, ODOT, Plain Township and possibly adjacent landowners or developers, he said.

The county would consider contributing to such a project through in-kind services, financially, or a combination of both, Robertson said.

Some examples of in-kind services include surveying land, design administration, real-estate acquisition, utility-relocation coordination, construction-contract administration and construction inspection, he said.

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