Three Area Projects Approved for ODOT TRAC Funding
On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) approved nearly $400 million in funding statewide for transportation projects. Three of those projects fall within the area represented by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), one in Medina County and two in Cuyahoga County.
In Medina County, TRAC approved $18 million in construction funding for the widening of SR-18. That project was identified as a priority project in NOACA’s AIM Forward 2040 long-range transportation plan to improve safety and reduce congestion in that area.
TRAC also approved $2.5 million in development funding for the completion of the interchange at I-77 and Miller Road in Brecksville. Also receiving $3.5 million in development funding was the Thrive 105 project, which will develop a transit corridor in conjunction with the Opportunity Corridor project currently under construction.
In 2014, NOACA had identified a segment of SR-18 in Medina County as the most congested section of roadway in the Agency’s service area in terms of volume of traffic per roadway capacity. This project will improve safety by reducing congestion by adding additional through lanes, turning lanes, and implementing access management techniques.
The project will widen SR-18 to:
- three lanes from approximately Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital to Foote Road;
- five lanes between Foote Road and River Styx Road, and;
- seven lanes from River Styx Road to Nettleton Road.
The project also includes the construction of two new access roads as well as a 10-foot multiuse path along the south side of SR-18. Construction funding for this project was approved for the 2022 fiscal year.
Thrive 105 joins the SR-18 widening project as one of NOACA’s priority projects in the AIM Forward 2040 long-range transportation plan. The project is designed to increase transit capacity and reduce travel time, while also leading to increased economic growth along E. 93rd and E. 105th Streets adjacent to the Opportunity Corridor.
Improvements planned as part of Thrive 105 will include:
- pavement widening and resurfacing;
- new curbs;
- new pedestrian facilities;
- transit waiting environments;
- off-road bicycle facilities;
- improved drainage, traffic control and, lighting, and;
- a dedicated bus priority lane with transit signal prioritization.
The project received $3.5 million in TRAC funding toward the preliminary engineering phase.
I-77 & Miller Road Interchange
The completion of the interchange at I-77 and Miller Road also received $2.5 million in developmental funding from TRAC. Funding will be used for the preliminary development, detailed design and right-of-way phase activities for the project.
The existing interchange includes a ramp from I-77 southbound to Miller Road, and a ramp from Miller Road to I-77 northbound. The new project would include the following elements:
- the completion of the diamond interchange, adding new ramps from I-77 northbound to Miller Road and from Miller Road to I-77 southbound;
- the widening of Miller Road to include left turn lanes, and;
- the addition of dual westbound turning lanes onto the I-77 northbound ramp;
- a new auxiliary lane between the new southbound entrance ramp and the exit ramp for the Ohio Turnpike (I-80).