Allen County will replace another intersection with a roundabout – paid for with $1.4 million in federal funding, officials announced Monday.
The award will update the intersection of Monroeville Road and Wayne Trace in southeast Allen County.
The funding represents 90% of the estimated construction and inspection costs of the Marion Township improvements. The project is expected to cost slightly more than $2 million, county highway officials said. They expect additional funding for engineering and right of way acquisition.
Highway officials said in a news release the project is needed because Monroeville Road crosses Wayne Trace at an angle that, along with line-of-sight issues, has resulted in crashes during the last several years.
The single-lane roundabout and updated design standards should slow traffic and minimize the number and severity of crashes, officials said.
Streetlights will be installed at the approaches to the roundabout. The project also will include work on the Y intersection of Wayne Trace and Brunson Road, southeast of the other intersection.
The existing 10-foot travel lanes will be resurfaced and widened to 11 feet with 6-to-8-foot shoulders. The angle of the intersection also will be improved to enhance safety.
Engineering on the project will begin this year, and construction is scheduled for 2026.