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Wood County to study Roachton-Hull Prairie intersection for improvements

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
A bus heads through the intersection on Roachton Road at the Hull Prairie Road intersection. A bus heads through the intersection on Roachton Road at the Hull Prairie Road intersection.
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An intersection in Perrysburg Township with heavy traffic has drawn some complaints from residents and Wood County engineers are considering adding a traffic sign or other improvements.

The county office may do a study to see if the intersection at the Roachton Road and Hull Prairie Road crossing needs improvements. Currently, there are stops signs on Hull Prairie and Roachton traffic has the right of way.

"We're considering putting is a four-way stop after we've had a few complaints," said Ray Huber, Wood County engineer. "The amount of traffic there has increased with subdivisions going in around there, so there is heavier traffic when people are going to and coming home from work."

The study would determine to determine if there is enough traffic to warrant a four-way stop, or even light at the intersection depending on the information the county receives. The study will have a 24-hour road tube to count traffic and will look at three years worth of accident reports. 

Perrysburg Township Police said there are accidents at the intersection, but not a high amount of them. There was one last weekend.

North of the intersection is Perrysburg Township, south is Middletown Township. The City of Perrysburg has an interest in the crossing with nearby neighborhoods in the city. 

Perrysburg Township trustees recently voted to fund 25 percent of the estimated $5,700 survey costs. The township wants Perrysburg to fund 25 percent and the county the rest. 

Township trustee Bob Mack was against the township paying 50 percent since he said township residents aren't the bulk of the traffic. He said the city should have a majority interest since a lot of their residents use the road.

Perrysburg Township resident Rob Black lives near the intersection and said the township should fund the study because it is a matter of public safety. Mr. Black, a long time township planning and zoning administrator and current Wood County Planning commissioner, said at last week's township trustee meeting he is concerned with the intersection, noting recent accidents there.

Township Administrator Walt Celley said another resident also has complained about the intersection. 

Mr. Huber said he hopes to figure out how the study will be funded in the next week, then the work can begin.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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