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Construction of roundabout scheduled to begin this summer in Boardman

BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Mahoning County is set to get its first modern roundabout this summer. It will be at the intersection of Matthews and Sheridan Roads in Boardman.

That's one of the three most dangerous intersections in the county.

21 News traveled to the city of Green, near Akron, to take a look at how their roundabout works.

Some people say the roundabout at the intersection of Steese and Massillon in the city of Green is confusing and difficult to maneuver and others like the way it keeps traffic moving.

But despite all of the opinions, the facts tell the story. Since the lights were taken down and the roundabout was installed in August of 2009 there have been no recorded injuries at this intersection. Not a single injury due to an accident in two and a half years.

In fact, several studies show when comparing roundabouts to signaled intersections, roundabouts reduce accidents with severe injuries by 80 percent and reduce fatal crashes by 90 to 100 percent.

But that's not even the main reason the Green decided to replace the lights. The main problem was traffic. It would back up all the way down the road in several directions.

"Even with a well designed traffic signal you would see people waiting here right now on one of the legs at any given time. And what you see here is typical. You have very little if any delay, and there's constant movement," said Paul Pickett, city of Green engineer.

City of green officials tell 21 news the intersection works so well that they already have another roundabout in the final phases of design at another intersection. In fact, they say if you come back to Green in about 10 years they'll probably have five or six roundabouts, and that's quite an endorsement for the future roundabout in Boardman.

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