Construction begins on South Point roundabout
SOUTH POINT, Ohio — The $1.8 million roundabout project at the Solida Road exit of eastbound U.S. 52 is scheduled to start this week and be completed by the end of the year, according to Lawrence County Engineer Patrick Leighty.
The eastbound exit to South Point is scheduled to close Wednesday morning, Leighty said Monday.
The westbound ramps of U.S. 52 will remain open for those traveling to County Road 18, Leighty said. However, there will be no access to Solida Road or South Point since the Mayor Bill Gaskin Bridge over U.S. 52 also will be closed, he said.
Allard Construction Co. of Scioto County was awarded the contract for the work. The project was funded through the Ohio Department of Transportation, said Leighty who will oversee the county’s first roundabout project.
“Roundabouts are becoming more prevalent,” Leighty said. “It’s easy to drive through them.”
The project will connect Solida Road with Collins Avenue, the road leading to The Point, a South Point industrial park. Plans are in the works for another roundabout to be placed at the entrance to Sam’s and Wendy’s in 2021, Leighty said.
“We’re supportive of the project,” said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation which is overseeing development of the 500 acre industrial park off U.S. 52 in South Point.
“It will make things more challenging for a while, but it will be nice once it’s completed,” Dingus said. “We have 1,000 vehicles a day coming to the Point.”