Updated Wed, Dec 4, 2013 5:22 pm
The state’s first double roundabout interchange is now open in Hocking County.
The new double roundabout interchange at U.S. Route 33 and State Route 664 cost $5.3 million. Ohio Department of Transportation broke ground on the project in April.
“This project is more than just about safety,” District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams said. “It’s about producing a unique and beautiful gateway for millions of visitors while at the same time creating opportunity for future economic development in and around the area.”
ODOT says the new roundabout will eliminate serious injury causing angle crashes and high speed rear end crashes at the interchange. From 2007 to 2009 there were 42 crashes at the interchange according to ODOT.
Officials say roundabouts reduce overall crashes by 35 percent and crash related injuries by 76 percent.