In conjunction with the German Township Trustees, Archbold officials authorized a safety study of the intersection of Stryker Street, St. Rt. 2, and Co. Rd. 24.
The council streets and sidewalks committee heard a presentation on the project in a meeting following the Monday, March 17 council meeting.
Dexter Krueger, assistant village engineer, told committee members DGL Consulting Engineers, Maumee, will perform the safety study of the intersection and look at traffic flow on Stryker Street in front of the ConAgra Foods plant.
The cost of the intersection study is $12,000. The study of Stryker Street will cost $5,000.
Krueger said Laurie Adams, managing principal of DGL, told him the company can look at the intersection with an eye toward obtaining Ohio Department of Transportation safety funding for potential intersection improvements.
If it is quickly apparent the intersection does not qualify for ODOT improvement funding, the project can be stopped, reducing the overall cost.
Donna Dettling, Archbold village administrator, said Krueger has spending authorization, allowing him to commission the DGL study without council approval.
At their Monday, March 23 meeting, the German Township Trustees approved sharing half of the cost of the safety study, based on the fact that half of the intersection is outside the village and in township jurisdiction.
Krueger said even if the intersection is a prime candidate for improvements, it will be three to four years before construction would start.
Dettling noted that in the midst of shutdowns and stay-at-home rules caused by the Coronavirus threat, it’s a bad time to do a safety study because traffic is reduced, and school buses are not running.
The Stryker Street portion of the study is in response to ConAgra plans to possibly revamp the traffic flow within its Archbold plant at the end of 2020 or in 2021.