PIQUA — The construction on the roundabout at the intersection of Garbry and Looney roads, along with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s project on U.S. Route 36 (Ash Street) are scheduled to be finished by the end of November as long as the weather permits.
“The progress is going really good,” City Engineer Amy Havenar said about the roundabout project.
As long as the weather cooperates, the roundabout should be complete by the end of the month. Havenar added that there will be some minor work next year on the roundabout, such as seeding, but traffic is expected to be back open in that area by December.
The contractor for the roundabout project is Double Jay Construction, Inc. The city utilized a grant from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission in the amount of over approximately $1 million for this project. The city was also required to use local funds to pay for 25 percent of the construction, which the city previously estimated to be approximately $280,000.
The roundabout replaced the previous four-way stop at that intersection. The city of Piqua posted instructions on social media about how to move through the roundabout once i t is complete. Drivers should first slow down when approaching the roundabout as typical traffic speeds through a roundabout are between 20-30 mph. Vehicles approaching the roundabout should yield to traffic on the left that is already in the roundabout, which will be moving counter-clockwise. Once in the roundabout, vehicles should keep moving as they have the right-of-way within the roundabout.
As drivers approach the roundabout, there will be yield lines marking where traffic outside of the roundabout should slow down to or stop at to yield to vehicles already inside the roundabout. Drivers will also find splinter islands in between lanes of traffic traveling in opposite directions just outside of the roundabout. These splinter islands separate and slow down traffic as vehicles are entering the roundabout.
At the center of the roundabout, there will be a truck apron to allow extra space for the semi-trucks and other large vehicles to travel on when going through the roundabout.
Until construction on the roundabout is complete, the following road closures are still in effect:
• Garbry Road between Kienle Road and Centre Court. The official detour is U.S. Route 36 to County Road 25-A to Main Street
• Looney Road between US 36 and Patrizio Place. The official detour is Statler Road to County Road 25-A to U.S. Route 36 to Looney Road.
• Garbry Road between Centre Court and Looney Road. The official detour is Garbry Road to North County Road 25-A to U.S. Route 36 to Looney Road to Garbry Road.
The construction taking place on U.S. Route 36 on Ash Street between the former Aerovent building and Scott Drive is an ODOT project that is expected to be complete this month. The ODOT project replaced the decking of the bridge and repaved parts of the road leading up to the bridge.
ODOT also added in a protected bike lane to connect with the city’s increasing amount of bicycle infrastructure, including the city’s Bikeway/Pedestrian Facility Project on U.S. Route 36 on Ash Street that was completed prior to the ODOT project in the same area. The city’s bikeway project consisted of constructing a separated bike lane and pedestrian facility on U.S. Route 36 on Ash Street from Centre Court/Scott Drive to Looney Road. The construction was also completed by Double Jay Construction.
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