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Improvements sought for intersections

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Lawrence County's Transportation Improvement District is looking into making improvements at two major intersections along U.S. 52 because of increased traffic and safety issues, said County Engineer Doug Cade.

The improvement district, formed two years ago, could take the lead in hiring engineering consultants to look at improvements at the intersections at Solida Road and at County Road 1 and County Road 15, Cade said.

It is set to meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Lawrence County auditor's conference room on the second floor of the courthouse in Ironton.

"These are two significant projects," Cade said Tuesday. The consultants could have some options and recommendations by spring, he said.

The improvement district allows access to Ohio Department of Transportation funds. The county could get $225,000 for the engineering studies, Cade said.

"The Transportation Improvement District provides another opportunity to fund our transportation projects here in Lawrence County," Cade said.

One of the studies calls for making improvements at the Solida Road intersection. Improvements are needed due to increased truck traffic to The Point, a South Point industrial park, he said.

He met Friday with Ohio Department of Transportation officials, and the state wants Cade to oversee the project and hire an engineering consultant in 30 to 60 days. "We should have some preliminary engineering by next spring," he said.

A traffic signal could be the result, he said.

"We have 3,920 vehicles, including a number of heavy trucks, on that road every day," Cade said. FedEx opened a distribution center at The Point earlier this year.

The other project calls for possible improvements along U.S. 52 at County Road 1 and County Road 15 (Lick Creek Road). That intersection has the fifth highest accident rate in the county, Cade said.

A traffic signal in that area also will be one of the options considered by consultants, he said.

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