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Routing a safer course: City moves on widening Rte. 27

By Kate Groton
On February 25, 2014

Oxford City Council recently passed an ordinance to start the US Route 27 construction project, which will improve safety to the route.

Scott Otto from Oxford's Service Department said the project will be administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

According to Oxford City Manager Doug Elliot, work will commence in March of 2013.

"The project's main focus is widening roads so that there will be a center turn lanes as well as larger paved break down lanes along US 27," Elliot said.

Elliot said the expansion of the route will take about one to two years.

"The project will span from Chestnut Street to Southpoint crossing," Elliot said. "It will begin in March and will take two construction seasons, therefore being completed in August or September of 2015."

Otto said they have started to move utilities to the road sites where the construction will take place, but nothing has been started.

According to Otto, the project's main goal is to improve safety.

"By adding sidewalks and wider shoulders along the road, it will make it much safer for not only drivers but also walkers," Otto said.

Miami University sophomore Maura Fawcett frequently drives in the area that US 27 construction will take place.

"It will make the drive a lot better, having a center turn lane will help improve traffic flow, and also having a break down lane will make the roads much safer," Fawcett said.

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