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Construction of Montgomery Road roundabout begins this week

Posted at 5:33 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 11:41:06-04

MONTGOMERY, Ohio — Construction plans to get rid of the Montgomery Road bridge near Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway and the lanes underneath the bridge, and replace it all with a two-lane roundabout by the spring of 2021 begins this week.

The project will cost about $7.5 million, but the price tag also comes with increases in safety.

"Data will show that roundabouts are more efficient, more efficient flow of traffic, and have proven to be safer," Montgomery City Manager Brian Riblet said. "If there are accidents, they're more minor in nature. More of a fender-bender type..."

Demolition of the bridge will take place on Friday, but crews are shutting down the bridge and the roadway underneath it on Monday to take care of some preliminary work.

Because of the closures, a bypass and additional traffic signals have been put in to help drivers keep on their way. Even with these new additions, drivers should expect things to be slow for the foreseeable future.