Title: Safety Project on US-20 in Mentor
Sponsor: City of Mentor
Estimated Total Cost: $3,443,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: ODOT
History/Background: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safety program provides funds to ODOT and local governments for highway safety treatments or corrective activity designed to alleviate a safety problem or a potentially hazardous situation. The program is funded at approximately $100 million annually. Priority is given to those projects with recommended activities/countermeasures that improve safety at roadway locations with a high frequency, severity, and rate of crashes.
There are two application cycles per year. Applications must be signed off by the respective ODOT District Safety Review Team. A safety engineering study must typically accompany the application unless the application is for preliminary engineering funds to complete the study.
Proposed Project: The following project was selected for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding:
• LAK SR-615 - 9.47: PID No. 98679 - This project involves the addition of two-way center turn lane along US-20 (Mentor Avenue), from SR-615 (Center Street) to Murray Avenue, in Mentor (location map). A second left turn lane will be constructed at SR-615 for westbound to southbound traffic. The project’s estimated total cost is $3,443,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $156,500. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $156,500. The PEPD and PEDD will be funded by ODOT. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $632,000. The RW will be funded with HSIP funds ($568,800) and local funds ($63,200). The estimated cost of construction (C) is $2,498,000. The C will be funded with HSIP funds ($2,248,200) and local funds ($249,800).
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA's Connections+ 2035 Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):
• The roadway segment includes surrounding land uses likely to generate pedestrian traffic, including a park and a school.
• The proposed project will potentially decrease safety for pedestrians crossing the roadway due to the increased crossing length. The project sponsor should include pedestrian safety countermeasures within the scope of the project to mitigate this impact, especially near the school and park. These may include high visibility crosswalks, leading pedestrian intervals, improved lighting, as well as other considerations.
• The Transportation Subcommittee did not have a quorum of members present at its meeting. The consensus among the attending members was to recommend the project for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning & Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):