As of December 4, 2013, the double roundabout officially opened to traffic. Click HERE for a news release regarding the opening of the new interchange.
The area around the US Route 33/SR 664 Interchange has become increasingly commercialized over the past ten years and has been on the state's Highway Safety Plan since 2003. As an important gateway to both historic downtown Logan and Hocking Hills State Park, this intersection was in need of an upgrade and the double roundabout design not only enhances safety but is aesthetically beautiful.
The amount of traffic traveling in this area has also increased causing congestion and overall safety concerns - from 2007-2009 there were 42 crashes. Up to 13,000 vehicles use a section of the US Route 33/SR 664 intersection daily. The state's first-ever double-roundabout will enhance overall traffic flow, minimize congestion and improve safety.
BENEFITS TO MOTORISTS
Although the use of roundabouts is new for southeastern Ohio drivers, there are many benefits of the double roundabout plan as illustrated below.
Removing "conflict points" usually found at conventional intersections, motorists are less likely to be involved in an crash, especially serious injury causing crashes such as head-on and angle collisions.
Roundabouts allow traffic to "continuously flow" which reduces congestion and traffic jams.
Roundabouts save fuel and reduce pollution.
Learn more about the benefits of roundabouts