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Mahoning County eyes second roundabout at Five Points

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On the same day that Mahoning County opened its first roundabout to the flow of traffic, officials revealed where they would like to install a similar traffic junction.

County Engineer Pat Ginnetti tells 21 News that they're thinking of building another roundabout along the Poland and Springfield Township line known as Five Points.

Western Reserve, North Lima and Springfield Roads meet at Five Points, which Ginnetti characterizes as a problem intersection.Ginnetti says an application for federal funding has already been made, but there is no timetable for the project.

"In my opinion that intersection needs some immediate attention," Ginnetti said. "These projects take a while to come to life but we've started the process."

Word of the plans came on Wednesday, as officials held a ceremony to open the new roundabout in Boardman. The project is designed to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents at the intersection of Mathews and Sheridan Roads in Boardman.

It took just 60 days to complete the roundabout at what engineers describe as one of the county's most troublesome intersections.

"Today marks the completion of our county taking care of one of the biggest safety issues on the county highway system," said Mahoning County traffic engineer Rob Donham.

As the detour signs were removed, a school bus and a Boardman fire truck demonstrated that large vehicles could easily navigate the roundabout, and shortly after the road was opened another fire truck came through on it's way to an emergency call. Ginnetti says roundabouts are known to improve safety.

"It's a continuous flow of traffic so you're not going to have the back up, you're not going to have people trying to beat the yellow light or red light to get make their turn," Ginnetti said.

Dan Becker came out to view the ribbon cutting and is glad to see the project completed.

"I'm glad it's here, this is going to save a lot of people a lot of time and I'm sure it's going to prevent some accidents," said Becker.

As motorists become accustomed to the new traffic pattern at Mathews and Sheridan, Dan Becker says there is one simple rule to remember. "Be willing to yield, that's the key."

The federally funded roundabout project had a total cost of 1.1 million dollars.

The contractor not only completed the project on time, but ten percent under budget.


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