ODOT?to test new signals

WASHINGTONVILLE – Work on the $901,744 project to align Washingtonville Road with South County Road and widen state Route 14 in the village is nearing completion.

The intersection also received new traffic signals at the intersection of state Route 14 and Washingtonville Road in Washingtonville, Columbiana County.

The project was paid for by the Ohio Department of Transportaion and in a Thursday press release, ODOT said the signals are now in flash mode.

Becky Giauque, ODOT District 11 Office of Communications, said the traffic lights will likely be placed in a stop-and-go pattern Monday for 10 days to ensure motorists are aware of the new lights, allow them time to adjust to them and make sure they are functioning properly.

Improvements to the intersection began in July 2013 and included realignment of Washingtonville Road with South County Road and widening of state Route 14 to include left-turn lanes.

New sidewalks were also constructed within the project and ODOT’s contractor was R.T. Vernal Paving Co. Inc., from North Lima, Ohio.

Giauque said once the flash period is completed the village will take over ownership of the intersection.

ODOT will provide licensed software and a key for the controller cabinet for the village to maintain the signal.

“The software will allow them to program and change the timing,” Giauque said.