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County obtains $622K for roundabout

Andy Ouriel • Mar 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Securing a stack of state cash paved the way for Erie County officials to eventually morph a dangerous intersection into a safer area.

The Erie County engineer’s office received about $622,000 in state funds to help offset costs for a modern roundabout at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street.

The project will run about $777,000, with local funds covering $155,000.

Area engineers expect the roundabout, forcing drivers to travel in a counterclockwise direction around a central island, to pop up by 2018.

The need for an upgrade stems from 24 crashes in this area from July 2003 through August 2013, local data shows.

Modern roundabout at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street

Local engineers estimate they’ll upgrade the crash-prone intersection by 2018, using a mix of local and state funds: 

$777,000: Total project cost 

$622,000: State funds provided for project 

$155,000: Local taxpayer funds for project 

24: Number of crashes at this intersection from July 2003 through August 2013

Source: Erie County engineer’s office

Engineers didn’t aggressively pursue grant money until a woman died at the intersection this past summer.

“After that fatal accident, we looked back at the crash history. We noticed after the Bogart Road widening project occurred in 2003, the number of accidents increased,” Erie County project engineer Matt Rogers said. “The numbers didn’t go through the roof, but there was enough of an increase where we wanted to look at this area more closely and figure out what is going on”

Engineers preferred constructing a modern roundabout as opposed to installing a traffic signal at the intersection.

The crossing only has two stop signs on Campbell Street and no traffic signal.

Modern roundabouts typically don’t have traffic signals nor stop signs. Drivers must yield before entering the roundabout and can exit once they arrive at their desired street.

Many welcome the changes at this intersection, especially if it improves safety and reduces crashes.

“There has been a number of serious crashes there, and anything the engineers can do to improve that intersection would certainly be appropriate” Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

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