On September 13, 2013, the NOACA Board of Directors approved the following regarding this project: Resolution No. 2013-029 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2013-030 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.

Title: Traffic Signal Improvements in Strongsville
Sponsor: City of Strongsville
Estimated Total Cost: $4,737,600 (preliminary engineering and construction)
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA

History/Background: On February 19, 2013, the City of Strongsville (project sponsor) passed Ordinance No. 2013-061 approving and authorizing the filing of an application for federal-aid project funding assistance with NOACA in connection with a city-wide traffic signal upgrade project.

In 2013, the City of Strongsville retained a consultant to prepare a purpose & needs study documenting the results of an alternative analysis and recommendations for specific improvements to the city’s existing "closed loop" signal system. The study was completed in June 2013 and accepted by the City of Strongsville. The purpose and need study established specific requirements for the upgrade to the City of Strongsville's traffic control system to provide safety, efficiency, conservation as well as reduce liability, operation and maintenance costs.

These goals include:

  • Safe and reliable control and coordination of intersections
  • Efficient and economical equipment maintenance
  • Operations monitoring capability
  • Flexibility in providing and revising intersection timing and phasing
  • Economical system integration and expansion

The report contains recommendations and ties them into a system recommendation which should meet the city's goals. The following recommendations were made:

  • Mast arm signal supports at five intersections along Royalton Road and Boston Road should be replaced and the mounting of the vehicle signals should be centered on the mast arm;
  • Curb ramps at 47 intersections should be upgraded to ADA standards;
  • Vehicle and pedestrian signals at 38 signalized intersections should be retro-fitted to LED technology;
  • Uninterrupted power supplies should be installed at 52 signalized intersections;
  • Pedestrian signals at 55 signalized intersections should be up-graded to countdown type;
  • All pedestrian pushbuttons should be up-graded to include indicator pilot lights;
  • All 80 side-street detectors should be replaced with Powerhead type detectors in order to provide adequate bicycle detection;
  • A combination of inductive loops and radar detectors should be installed to provide dilemma zone protection at the twelve (12) isolated intersections;
  • Install a central adaptive control system (ACS) in order to bring all existing signal controllers under a single operational system and prepare for future additions and expansions wherever they may be needed;
  • In order for the adaptive signal system to operate, additional detectors should be installed at the coordinated signalized intersections. Each mainline travel lane will require a stop bar, set back and down stream detector;
  • All traffic signal controllers should be upgraded to NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) TS-2 which are ATC (Advanced Transportation Controller) compliant. All traffic signal controllers should be upgraded to include network addressable components to communicate with the system;
  • A system of closed circuit TV cameras should be installed at the signalized intersections at the 1-71 interchange with Royalton Road and at the signalized intersections of Royalton Road/Howe Road and Royalton Road /Pearl Road.
  • The existing copper wire communication system currently used to monitor a majority of the citywide traffic control systems should be replaced with a fiber-optic communication system. The cable should connect all sub-systems together and route back to City Hall for tie-in to a centralized computer network.
  • Since, the Howe Road/Boston Road and Boston Road/North Carpenter Road intersections are currently interconnected any necessary software should be installed so that the proposed centralized signal system in the City of Strongsville can interact with the existing signal system in the City of Brunswick.

Current Conditions: The major roadways involved in this project are: Prospect Road, Pearl Road (US-42), Howe Road, Royalton Road (SR-82) and Sprague Road.

  • Prospect Road is functionally classified as an urban collector from Boston Road to Royalton Road and as an urban minor arterial from Royalton Road to Pleasant Valley Road. The average daily traffic (ADT) is 7,705 to 15,960 vehicles per day (NOACA Cuyahoga County Highway Traffic Counts, published 2009).
  • Pearl Road (US-42) is functionally classified as an urban principal arterial. The ADT is 12,670 to 26,900 vehicles per day (NOACA Cuyahoga County Highway Traffic Counts, published 2009).
  • Howe Road is functionally classified as urban collector. The ADT is 9,806 to 21,149 vehicles per day (NOACA Cuyahoga County Highway Traffic Counts, published 2009).
  • Royalton Road is functionally classified as an urban minor arterial from Marks Road to Pearl Road and as an urban principal arterial from Pearl Road to I-77. The ADT is 15,670 to 52,688 vehicles per day (NOACA Cuyahoga County Highway Traffic Counts, published 2009).
  • Sprague Road is functionally classified as an urban minor arterial.

Proposed Project: The proposed project will involve replacing or upgrading (as needed) approximately 56 traffic signals at intersections along Prospect Road, Pearl Road (US-42), Howe Road, Royalton Road (SR-82) and Sprague Road in the City of Strongsville (location map). According to the sponsor, the project will include the replacement of the existing copper wire interconnect system with a fiber optic network that will be routed to City Hall. It will then be connected to a centralized computer system using adaptive type control algorithms. Vehicle and pedestrian signals will be upgraded with LED (light emitting diode) lenses for energy conservation. Vehicle signals will be installed with back plates for safety. Pedestrian signals will be upgraded with countdown lenses in accordance with the OMUTCD (Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices). The sponsor reports that curb ramps are anticipated for improvement by constructing to ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliance. Closed circuit TV cameras are proposed for use near high incident and congestion areas to allow observations of traffic conditions for signal timing refinement and response to traffic incidents.

The estimated total project cost, provided by the sponsor, is $4,737,600. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $11,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $430,000. The PEPD and PEDD will be funded locally. The estimated cost for construction is $4,296,600. The sponsor requests 80 percent ($3,437,280) of the construction cost be funded with CMAQ funds. The sponsor will provide the 20 percent local match ($859,320).

Staff Comment (Summary):

Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team

  • This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+2035 Goal # 3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System).
  • Eligibility for CMAQ funding will require an analysis from the sponsor demonstrating pollutant emission reduction as a result of the project.
  • The request for CMAQ funds will need to be processed consistent with Governing Board policy that was approved on April 13, 2007.
  • The total number of crashes for the period of 2009 – 2011 is 447 (mostly rear-ends). There was one fatal crash, eight pedestrian crashes and nine pedal-cycle crashes. The crash rate is 7.84 crashes/MVM (million vehicle miles). Based on the crash data and on a detailed study of the contributing factors for those crashes, the project should include all related safety countermeasures to improve the safety of all road users.
  • During the period 2009-2011, 13 animal-vehicle crashes (AVC) occurred on SR-82 (7 AVC on 1.17 miles west of IR-71), 21 AVC occurred on SR-237, 17 AVC occurred on US-42 and 3 AVC occurred on Howe Rd. Upgrading the deer crossing signs may reduce the number of AVCs on SR-237, US-42 north of SR-82 around the park area, and SR-82 east of IR-71.
  • Video detection is included as part of this project, which is capable of turn movement traffic counts. NOACA requests the city to provide traffic counts on major intersections on a yearly basis.
  • The sponsor will be required to document that this project conforms with regional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) architecture.
  • The sponsor should include accommodation for the blind and visually impaired (e.g. sound actuated signals).
  • The signal timing and emergency vehicle pre-emption should be coordinated with neighboring communities.
  • Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

If you are a representative of a governmental entity and would like to comment on this project, please email us.

ODOT District 12:
District reminds sponsor that the new system should be operated and maintained by a qualified person to obtain long term investment goals.

Public Involvement:

NOACA encourages comments from the public on this proposed transportation improvement project. We would appreciate it if you include your city of residence, although it is not required. The public review period lasts until the Governing Board makes a decision about them.


Regional Transportation Investment Subcommittee (RTIS) / Transportation Subcommittee: 

  • No comments; recommended for amendment to NOACA’s Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Last updated: 9/17/2013 9:26:18 AM