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      Upgrades planned for busy Perrysburg intersection

      Starting next spring, new turn lanes will be added and current turn lanes lengthened at the busy intersection of Eckel Junction Road and State Route 25. Construction is expected to last six to eight months and cost $2 million.

      Starting next year, drivers in Perrysburg may face long construction delays at the intersection of Eckel Junction Road and State Route 25 as the city works to ease congestion at the corner in the long term.

      The city plans to add four turning lanes throughout the intersection, while also lengthening the current lanes already in place. The intersection, located just off I-475/U.S. 23, is prone to congestion due to its proximity to local businesses and shopping centers, with Eckel Junction also serving as a major connection to many homes and neighborhoods.

      The $2 million project is scheduled to begin next spring with a completion date of November or December of 2014. While the intersection will remain open during construction, the work will likely cause more delays and congestion in the short term. Access to some of the businesses at the corner, including the Circle K and BP gas stations, could be limited at times while work is going on, but all entrances and exits will be restored following completion of the work.

      Drivers that we spoke to say the headaches in the short term will be worth it for the long term benefits that the project is expected to bring.

      The expanded intersection would also be able to handle the added traffic should Costco get approval from the city to build a new store near the intersection. Perrysburg officials say the intersection project is going through regardless of what happens with the Costco store. However, should the warehouse store be approved, an additional turn lane may be added to the overall project, with Costco picking up the extra cost.