Intersection will receive upgrade

WASHINGTONVILLE – After the state Route 14 and Washingtonville Street intersection is bid out, the Ohio Department of Transportation expects work to begin in June, according to Becky Giauque, public information officer for District 11.

Washingtonville Council approved legislation authorizing the ODOT to bid out the work to upgrade the intersection during Mondays’ meeting.

Fiscal Officer Dale Davis said ODOT will pay for 100 percent of the construction costs which will more closely align Washingtonville Road with East Street, which are opposite of each other, while widening state Route 14 and adding left turn lanes and a traffic signal and providing 8-foot wide sidewalks along both sides of state Route 14 and Washingtonville Road throughout the project limits.

Traffic will be maintained on state Route 14 which ODOT says has an average daily traffic (ADT) count of 10,850 vehicles through the intersection.

Any additional features the village wants above ODOT’s requirements will be paid for entirely by the village.

Giauque said engineers estimate the project to cost in the range of $1.1 million and a fall completion date is expected depending on the availability of asphalt at that time.

Giauque said it could be opened with the final paving left until the spring of 2014.

“They may have to put the final completion date off,” she said.

The first public hearing was held in 2009 and in 2010 former Mayor Norm Sommers said the intersection renovations had been discussed for over a decade.

“It’s a safety issue that [the village] has been looking into for some time now,” Sommers said at the time of the hearing.