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Ohio Governor Announces 50 New Traffic Safety Projects

COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks announce details on $121 million in new traffic safety projects planned for Ohio, including the installation of approximately two dozen roundabouts in numerous counties across the state.

"A top priority of my administration has been making travel in our state safer — particularly at Ohio intersections that are known to be dangerous," DeWine said. "Studies show that roundabouts significantly reduce the likelihood of serious or deadly intersection crashes, so we're investing in these projects today to save lives in the future."

According to ODOT, there were only six traffic deaths at Ohio roundabouts from 2017-2021 compared to 1,126 deaths at a signalized or stop-controlled intersection.

In total, the funding will support project development, right of way, and construction of 50 projects in 32 counties across the state. In addition to the roundabout projects, other projects include safer pedestrian crossings, traffic signal upgrades, and turning lane improvements.

Funding for these projects will be awarded through ODOT's Highway Safety Improvement Program which, under the DeWine-Husted Administration, has grown to become one of the largest traffic safety programs in the country. In May, Governor DeWine announced $51 million in traffic safety improvement projects to address an increase in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.

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These grants are another step in Governor DeWine's comprehensive plan to improve the safety of Ohio's roads. In 2019, he directed ODOT to put focus on improving 150 of the most dangerous intersections in the state. This year, he announced an increase in Ohio's yearly funding allocation for local bridge projects by $47.5 million for the next five years.

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