Mann said widening this intersection improves current and future problems for Ohio 4.
The city anticipates significant business growth along Seward Road with Fairfield Commerce Park still under construction and other business developments along that roadway. Mann said truck traffic heading to and from this side of Seward Road, which is to the east of Ohio 4, is expected to increase.
“With all the trucks making movements through that intersection ― trucks move slow and they’ll be a lot of them ― that intersection right now is a bit of a bottleneck in the timing of the entire Ohio 4 corridor because it doesn’t have a dedicated double left coming off Seward,” said Mann.
This intersection has the longest signal time on Ohio 4 in the city because Seward Road traffic on either side of Ohio 4 cannot move at the same time. Left turns from Seward Road to the east of Ohio 4 is now too tight of a turn for large trucks, even with two left-turn lanes, Mann said. One of the left-turn lanes also serves as a through lane crossing Ohio 4.
“By widening the intersection to allow for that (dedicated) double left and (traffic from both sides of) Seward to go, we’ll be able to have a little bit more time for Ohio 4,” Mann said. “Then that will no longer be the controlling intersection on all of Ohio 4, as far as for signal times.”
City Council agreed to authorize another $5,000 for closing costs and an environmental study.
The intersection widening will be after the city repaves a 2-mile stretch of Ohio 4 from Seward Road south ending in Springdale. This joint project is set for 2023 is estimated to be $2.5 million, with reimbursement from Springdale.