PIKE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Construction on a new Clark County roundabout has begun.
The roundabout will be located at the intersection of State Route 41 and State Route 235. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the roundabout comes at a cost of $1.5 million.
ODOT says a stoplight was installed in 2000 at the intersection. From 2000-2010, 39 serious accidents occurred on that stretch of road. Between 2009 and 2011, 3 people had died at the intersection.
In a recent ODOT study, SR 41 and SR 235 ranked 125th statewide in rural road accidents.
We wanted to know why an intersection that ranks only 125th statewide is receiving so much attention; however, we’ve yet to hear back from the Clark County Engineer’s Office.
According to an online slideshow from the ODOT, the project was considered an option since 2010.
Construction on the roundabout will last through the end of the summer.
According to ODOT officials, the detour is listed from U.S 68 south to U.S. 40, west to Ohio 571, west to Ohio 201, then north to Ohio 41.