Some motorists stopped before entering, some crept in, and others motorists smoothly took a spin around the new roundabout at Brint and King roads after it opened Wednesday.
The busy intersection that borders Sylvania and Sylvania Township handles more than 12,000 vehicles a day. Its reopening delighted area residents who saw their quiet neighborhoods overwhelmed with traffic that was diverted during the build. It was closed for 51 days, six past the scheduled open date for the new traffic circle that replaced a four-way stop sign.
“It will alleviate a lot of traffic coming down,” said resident Al Croci.“ There were only three streets people could take, Erie, Sylvania, and Central Avenue. When it’s blocked off, it puts traffic in another area. So many neighbors will be relieved that it is re-opening.”
Lucas County Engineer’s Office hired Toledo contractor Geddis Paving and Excavating to complete the project for $545,00. The project was delayed because of weather and the installation of streetlights.
Mr. Croci‘s Marble Cliff neighborhood -- off King, south of Brint -- had drivers searching for a route to circumvent the closed intersection or to find their way around the unfamiliar side streets. But seekers found that Marble Cliff Boulevard was a “U” shaped street, leading right back to King Road and not getting past the closed intersection.
“They would ask for directions on how to get out of the roads and how to get through the Country Walk Lane,” he said. The street connected to other side streets which provided access around Brint and King crossing.
Mr. Croci‘s wife, Sharon, was happy about the traffic circle. It is designed to keep traffic flowing, unlike the previous four-way stop.
“They have been in Europe for hundreds of years and on the east coast. So we just have to get used to them,” she said.
Township Police Department, just down the street on King, also rejoices at roundabout‘s opening.
“The fire department and the police had to go all the way around it. It did delay some responses” but not significantly, said township Police Deputy Chief Ray Carroll. The police are the main dispatchers for township Fire Department.
Deputy Chief Carroll’s main concern was drivers knowing how to properly enter the roundabout. He said that some motorists do not yield when approaching and erroneously think that they “can just blend in” with the inner traffic.
“You have to yield to the traffic inside the roundabout and use caution when approaching,” he said.
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