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The roundabout at King and Brint roads opened at noon today, a week later than planned.
The traffic circle, which replaces a four-way stop for the intersection which borders Sylvania city and township, has been under construction since June 16. It had a 45-day construction timeline. The roadwork was finished last week and street lighting was finished today, so the vehicle barricades were removed.
The intersection, which handles several hundred vehicles a day, should have re-opened July 30. Ron Myers, Traffic Operations engineer for Lucas County Engineer’s Office, said the Toledo contractor, Geddis Paving and Excavating, completed the $545,00 project on Friday night, with workers performing minor cleanup work. The construction end date was extended two days because of weather preventing work for two days.
The re-opening of the intersection was further held up for the installation of street lights. Toledo Edison was scheduled to install street lights last week.
“The contractor had to get the wiring done first so we could get the lights in,” said Chris Eck, spokesman for Toledo Edison. That delayed installation to this week.
The lights were needed because they are part of the county‘s safety requirements for new roundabouts and intersections.
“We could have opened it, but the No. 1 thing to do for safety at these types of intersections is street lighting and all the training we had said we need to have street lights at that intersection,” Mr. Myers said.
The construction engineer can determine whether to give grant excusable delays, which is what was done for the contractor‘s work. The electric work, though, is arranged separately through Toledo Edison.
The delay in opening the intersection has diverted thousands of motorists to an alternate route using main roads, such as Centennial Road, Sylvania Avenue, and McCord Road.
According to traffic counts taken near the section by Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government about 5,308 motorists traveled on Brint daily in 2013 and 7,100 motorists were counted on King in 2012.
Some motorists cut through neighboring subdivisions during the construction.
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