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After 38 years, pesky intersection will soon be smooth

Updated: Friday, April 18 2014, 06:40 PM EDT

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The intersection between Lovers Lane and Ft. Steuben Drive is known as one of the peskiest in Steubenville.
Of course, it shouldn't remain that way for long, thanks to a multi-million dollar project which is a few steps away from becoming a reality.
One of those steps, of course, is presenting all the design alternatives to the public. We've already found out that one of those options is creating controversy.
City officials say the intersection has been a problem since 1976, or for the last 38 years. And guess what? That's how long this project has been on the books.
Design alternatives are being proposed. There are two that have grabbed top billing, one for a signalized intersection, the other for a roundabout.
Word around the city is that officials prefer a roundabout, and that is for one key reason.
"One thing I've heard a lot about a roundabout, that you're pursuing a roundabout because it's the cheaper option, any truth to that?," City Engineer Mike Dolak said. "No, we'll pursue whatever option is better suited that will suit the roadway, pedestrian concerns that we have to deal with as well. Most of all, we're concerned about improving the rideability of the road."
Dolak said residents can prepare for the Open House by checking out the city's website: http://cityofsteubenville.us/

There you can find videos, maps, and all the information you need about each of the designs.
The meeting itself will be held Thursday, April 24, and last about 2 hours from 5-7 p.m.

After 38 years, pesky intersection will soon be smooth


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