Union County Receives Funding For Pair Of Roundabouts On SR 347



COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced $61 million in funding for 27 new traffic safety projects in numerous counties across the state.

This round of funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Improvement Program includes the installation of Restricted Crossing U-Turns (RCUT), roundabouts, sidewalks, and other safety measures.

“Safe roadways are essential to connecting people and businesses across Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “With the investments made in these projects, we will help save countless lives on Ohio’s roads.”

As part of the program, 17 new roundabouts will be added in Ohio. Roundabouts are a proven design to reduce crashes by more than 48%, and more importantly serious injury and deadly crashes by nearly 80% when compared to a signalized intersection. These roundabouts are designed with large trucks and farm equipment in mind and will include a “truck apron” in the middle that allows larger vehicles to ride up over a curb as they navigate through.

The roundabouts in Union County are planned for the intersections of State Route 4 and State Route 347, with the second at SR 31 and SR 347.

The former will be the first to be constructed, with ODOT putting up $3,700,000 in Fiscal Year 2026 for the project, while the SR 31/347 intersection will receive $3,000,000 toward construction in FY 2028.

Both intersections are referred to as area “ranked” locations and the roundabouts have been proven to be effective safety countermeasure to reduce speeds and prevent severe crashes at intersections.

Other safety measures include a roadway reconfiguration, known as a road diet. This seeks to reallocate the cross-section of an existing roadway to better serve all modes of travel – including walking, biking, and driving.

“Our top mission is to ensure that our roadways are built to be as safe as possible. The measures we’re implementing with this program further that mission not only on roadways that ODOT maintains, but those maintained by local partners too,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

Under the DeWine-Husted Administration, ODOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program has grown to $185 million provided annually and is one of the largest traffic safety programs in the country.

The projects were selected by a committee made up of ODOT staff with a background in funding and program management, safety analysis, traffic operations, roadway design, and highway management.

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