All About Richland

Cook Road Roundabout Listed As Future Project

22 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

The Richland County Engineer’s Office is a busy place these days.

According to the office website, projects are currently underway in the following locations:

  • Shelby-Ganges Road Bridge in Jackson Township
  • Wells Road Bridge in Bloominggrove Township
  • Pittenger Road Bridge in Weller Township
  • Snodgrass Road Bridge in Springfield Township
  • Chip & Seal Project — various locations

A posting of future projects, however, now includes the planned construction of a roundabout in Richland County.

Roundabouts are not modern inventions; the earliest precursor was likely “the Circus” in Bath, England, built in 1768. Post-World War II, roundabouts began to appear in the United Kingdom, and they arrived in the United States in the 1990s. Some states have many; Washington State had 120 by late 2016, for instance.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has a page dedicated to the traffic feature which discusses safety aspects as well as a providing a short video primer on navigating roundabouts.

According to the County Engineer, a roundabout is planned for the 2022-2024 construction period for the intersection of Illinois Avenue/Cook Road and Mansfield-Lucas Road. The idea was publicly introduced last summer. A fact sheet from the public meeting on the proposal can be found here, and a video introduction is below.

Source: Wikipedia, ODOT, Richland County Engineer;Photo by Ádám Berkecz on Unsplash

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