Title: Intersection Improvement in Amherst Township
Sponsor: Lorain County Engineer
Project Name: LOR-CR 32/CR 53-3.02/7.28
PID No: 99580
Estimated Total Cost: $531,200
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)
History/Background: In 2006, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) required that CEAO spend half of its County Surface Transportation Program (CSTP) funds on safety projects, and it was subsequently determined that the CSTP and Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds would be administered by CEAO as separate programs. To be eligible for federal HSIP funding, a project must correct or improve an identified hazardous road section, intersection, or bridge location or feature or address a highway safety problem.
In October 2014 the CEAO approved the use of HSIP funds for a project application submitted by the Lorain County Engineer. In November 2014, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 14-701 requesting NOACA to place the project on its Transportation Plan.
Current Conditions: The intersection at Middle Ridge Road (CR-32) and West Ridge Road (CR-52), located in Amherst Township, is a skewed, 3-way "T" intersection (location map). No turn lanes are present on West Ridge at the intersection. Existing crash problems at the intersection of Middle Ridge Road and West Ridge Road are predominately rear-end and angle. The rear-end crashes typically occur on West Ridge Road as traffic stores waiting for motorists to turn onto Middle Ridge Road. The angle crashes typically occur as motorists turn unprotected onto Middle Ridge Road from West Ridge Road. Additionally, due to the lack of a dedicated turn lane on West Ridge Road, many motorists enter the shoulder to make right turns as they wait for vehicles ahead to make left turns onto Middle Ridge Road.
Proposed Project: The proposed project involves countermeasures to address the rear-end crashes occurring on West Ridge Road (as traffic stores waiting for motorists to turn onto Middle Ridge Road), to permit vehicles to turn right on Middle Ridge Road and reduce the amount of angle crashes at the intersection by providing motorists protection when turning onto Middle Ridge Road.
The proposed countermeasures include:
• constructing a left turn lane on West Ridge Road onto Middle Ridge Road; and
• converting the intersection from a stop sign controlled intersection to a signalized intersection
The project’s estimated total cost is $531,200. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $15,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $27,200. The PEPD and PEDD will be funded by the sponsor. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $489,000. Eighty percent ($391,200) of the C cost will be funded with CEAO HSIP funds. The Lorain County Engineer will provide the non-federal share of construction ($97,800).
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.
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):