Road 5 curves as it approaches Old 224 to provide a 90 degree angle intersection for safety purposes. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
PANDORA - Following the opening of Road 5 from US 224 to SR 12, some people have questioned the unusual curves the road takes at Old 224. They also note that the road does not line up completely.
Putnam County Engineer Terry Recker said the curves at this intersection were put in to meet Ohio Department of Transportation design criteria.
"Old 224 is at an angle to Road 5 at this intersection," explained Recker. "We put the curves in the approach so the road comes up at a 90-degree angle."
Recker said ODOT requires this to make it so drivers, especially truck drivers, have a 90-degree visibility approach for cross-traffic.
"We also did this last year at the intersection of Road 5 and SR 613," Recker said. "There is always a lot of design criteria that has to be done to meet ODOT requirements."
Road 5 curves to the east for drivers coming from the south to Old 224. It curves to the west for those heading south at the intersection. Recker said this type of approach means there is an offset at the intersection.
"We hope that this offset curve will keep vehicles from blowing this stop," Recker said.