WASHINGTONVILLE - The traffic signal on state Route 14 in the village has a few more steps to go before becoming operational, according to Becky Giauque, spokesperson for District 11 of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The signal is part of a $901,744 upgrade to the intersection that includes aligning Washingtonville Road with South County Road, which are opposite of each other, while widening state Route 14 and adding left turn lanes.
Also included are 8-foot wide sidewalks along both sides of state Route 14 and Washingtonville Road throughout the project limits.
R.T. Vernal Paving Co. of North Lima was the contractor on the project that had an engineer's estimate in the range of $1.1 million and a fall completion date that was contingent on the availability of asphalt.
Giauque said the power hookup for lights is expected within the next week and the handrail installation on retaining walls should be in place by mid-December.
"Once the signals are operational, they will go through a three-day flash period," Giauque explained, "then a 10-day performance period to ensure they are functioning properly and allow motorists time to adjust to them.
"We anticipate finalizing the project and being able to turn everything over to the village sometime in February."
ODOT paid for 100 percent of the construction costs and traffic has been traffic maintained on state Route 14 throughout the project which was discussed for over a decade.
A traffic study put the average daily traffic (ADT) count at 10,850 vehicles through the intersection.