Title: Safety Projects in Geauga County
Sponsor: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Estimated Total Cost: $5,272,988
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 Projects: The following projects were selected for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding:
GEA US 322 - 7.78: PID No. 106261 - The intersection of US-322 and Auburn Road, in Munson Township, is ranked # 19 on ODOT’s 2015 Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) ranking for rural intersections. A total of 24 crashes occurred at the intersection between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015. The top three crashes types were left-turn, rear-end and angle. Left-turn, rear-end and injury crashes were above the statewide averages.
The crash patterns indicate that lack of exclusive left turn lanes, congestion and poor signal head visibility are primary factors contributing to the safety performance of the intersection.
The proposed project involves the following modifications to the intersection (illustration):
- Construct auxiliary left-turn lanes on all approaches to the intersection to accommodate storage only due to right-of-way constraints;
- Construct new mast arm traffic signal with revised timing, detection and backplates to improve signal head visibility
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $2,503,960. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $329,440. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $124,960. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $289,000. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $1,760,560. The PEPD, PEDD, RW and C will be funded with $1,947,600 in Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds and $556,360 in ODOT funds.
GEA SR 608 - 3.09: PID No. 103884 - An Amish Safety Strategic Plan dated December 2016 was completed by ODOT District 12 for Geauga County. Geauga County has the second largest Amish settlement in Ohio and the fourth largest in the US. The safety performance issues are associated with the speed differential of horse-drawn vehicles having operating speeds of five to eight miles per hour (MPH) compared to motor vehicles traveling at speeds greater than 45 MPH. The strategic plan identified 83 crashes involving buggies over a five-year period (2010 - 2014). Of the crashes involving buggies, three (3) resulted in a fatality and 25 resulted in injuries. One fatal crash occurred at the SR-608 and Burton-Windsor Road intersection, in Middlefield Township.
Crash data over a three-year period (2014-2016) was evaluated within the project limits specifically for this safety application. A total of 19 crashes involved vehicles on SR-608. Crash statistics relevant to the unique aspects of the SR-608 corridor include the frequency of non-intersection crashes (14 or 74%); the primary crash types include fixed object (5) and rear end (4) crashes on a relatively low volume roadway (6,800 average daily traffic); the majority of crashes involve vehicles traveling 25 MPH or less despite the roadway having a posted speed of 45 MPH. The rear end crashes involving motor vehicles are attributed to queues that form behind low speed buggies.
The proposed project involves widening the shoulders on SR-608 (Old State Road), between Nauvoo Road to approximately 2,500 feet north of Burton Windsor Road, Middlefield Township.
The proposed project includes the following (illustration):
- Addition of 8’ buggy lane northbound for project length (3.09 to 4.50);
- Addition of shortened 8’ buggy lane southbound 3.09 to 4.00 due to less safety risk southbound/down grade. Reduces cost and right-of-way environmental impacts; and
- Addition of northbound (NB) right-turn lanes at Burton Windsor Road and Nauvoo Road.
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $2,769,028. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $363,828. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $90,845. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $250,325. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $2,064,030. The PEPD, PEDD, RW and C will be funded with $2,146,338 in Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds and $622,690 in ODOT funds.
Staff Comment (Summary):
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):