Drivers fighting long traffic jams at U.S. 33 and Winchester Road in Carroll might get some relief in a few years as the Ohio Department of Transportation was awarded $8.5 million to build a super street intersection.
Design work should begin soon and construction is scheduled to start in 2016.
“We definitely need something done,” Carroll Mayor Tammy Drobina said. “Not being an engineer, I don’t know what the best solution is. But I trust ODOT.”
She said the railroad bridge close to the intersection limits what can be done to alleviate traffic flow.
With a super street intersection, vehicles no longer would be able to turn left off Winchester Road and High Street. Instead, they would turn right into a U-turn lane to access the highway. Traffic would be able to turn right and left from U.S. 33. Additionally, green light time for drivers on U.S. 33 would increase.
Left turns onto the highway from Winchester Road and High Street are a major cause of traffic backups, said ODOT.
Super streets are effective for 10 to 15 years, depending on how much traffic increases, according to ODOT.
The money comes from ODOT’s State Safety Program. ODOT puts aside about $102 million each year for improvements at high-crash areas. About $8 million will go toward construction with $500,000 going for right-of-way acquisition.
Property acquisition will start in 2015, according to ODOT District 5 Deputy Director Joe Rutherford. He said construction should be complete in one construction season, or about six months.