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To help alleviate existing and projected traffic congestion, five new lanes and four existing lanes lengthened at State Rt. 25 and Eckel Junction Road have been approved and construction should start between April and June.
Perrysburg City Engineer Doug Dariano said that, weather permitting and with no delays, the $2 million improvements could be finished by December, 2014.
The roadwork to help relieve congestion at this busy Perrysburg intersection was planned before Costco proposed building a new store near the southeast corner of the intersection. Costco's presence, if approved by City Council and city planning commission, would prompt the need for another left turn lane on eastbound Eckel Junction Road to allow easier turning to southbound Rt. 25. That new lane is part of the planned work and Costco would pay the $396,000 to cover the full costs of that work, said Brody Walters, Perrsburg's planning and zoning administrator.
If Costco doesn't build, that lane would eliminated from project, so only four new lanes would be constructed, he said.
Now, Rt. 25 has six lanes south of the intersection -- with two through lanes and one left turn and one right turn lanes heading northbound -- and two southbound lanes. Rt. 25 has five lanes north of the intersection -- with two through lanes and a left turn lane southbound and two northbound lanes.
Now, Eckel Junction has three lanes east of the intersection -- with one through lane and one left turn lane heading westbound and a single lane heading eastbound. The road has four lanes west of the intersection -- with a left turn, right turn, and a through lane heading eastbound, plus the single westbound lane.
After the improvement project Rt. 25 will have seven lanes south of the intersection -- with northbound having two left turn lanes, two through lanes, and a right turn lane and two southbound lanes. North of the intersection, Rt. 25 will have six lanes -- with left and right turn lanes and two through lanes headed southbound and two northbound lanes.
After the project, Eckel Junction will have four lanes east of the intersection -- with left and right turn lanes and a single through lane headed westbound. If Costco builds, there were also be a second left turn lane headed westbound. On the other side of Eckel Junction, heading eastbound, there will be five lanes -- with an additional right turn lane.
City Council has put the improvement under way by approving a $27,900 contract with American Property Analysts Inc. of Toledo, which will negotiate the acquisition of right-of-way needed for the planned widening at the intersection.
Here's what the construction will do:
- Add a 325-foot long right turn lane on westbound Eckel Junction as it approaches the east side of Rt. 25.
- Add a right turn lane on eastbound Eckel Junction west of the intersection (the length is not disclosed).
- Add a 350-foot long right turn lane on southbound Rt. 25 north the intersection.
- Add a 500-foot long left turn lane on northbound Rt. 25 south of the intersection.
- If Costco is approved, there will be a 350-foot long second left turn lane on westbound Eckel Junction east of the intersection.
Here's the project's plan to lengthen existing lanes:
- An eastbound left turn lane on Eckel Junction west of the intersection is to be lengthened from 250 to 375 feet.
- An eastbound right turn lane on Eckel Junction west of the intersection is to be lengthened from 250 to 525 feet.
- A westbound left turn lane on Eckel Junction is to be lengthened by from 325 to 350 feet.
- A southbound left turn lane on Rt. 25 north of the intersection is to be lengthened from 235 to 350 feet.
Perrysburg City Administrator Bridgette Kabat said traffic studies have shown the intersection is a graded a "D," but the improvements will go to a "B" or "C" grade. The study says to get an A grade vehicles would have to pass through the intersection faster.
In a separate and not yet scheduled construction in the area is an added right turn lane on southbound Rt. 25 south of intersection. This could occur if the BP gas station allows its Rt. 25 entrance and exit to be eliminated. It would mean that there would be a right turn in and right turn out entrance/exit to Mercy Emergency Services.
A nearby construction project that is scheduled is the Ohio Department of Transportation project to widen I-75 between Perrysburg and Findlay, include changing the I-475/U.S. 23 junction in Perrysburg to end weaving traffic on northbound I-475/U.S. 23 between I-75 and State Rt. 25.
Officials also plan to revamp the Rt. 25 interchange at I-475/U.S. 23. The $8 million project would create an unusual “diverging diamond” layout, but the project is not yet fully funded or scheduled.
Contact Matt Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.