Broadview Heights receives federal funding for Broadview Road-Oakes Road improvements
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The city has received federal funding for a proposed widening of the Broadview Road-Oakes Road intersection.
Under an agreement approved by City Council in August, the Federal Highway Administration will cover 80 percent of the project costs, estimated at $396,000. The Ohio Department of Transportation will administer the funds.
City Engineer Gary Yelenosky said the city plans to seek bids for the project’s construction in February, award a contract and start construction in April, and finish work in July. He said traffic will be maintained in all directions during construction.
The project will include the addition of left-turn lanes on both northbound and southbound Broadview at Oakes, which dead-ends into Broadview from the east. The southbound turn lane will lead to Oakes, while the northbound turn lane will lead to Danbury Senior Living.
This past April, Yelenosky said the new lanes are needed because the intersection is congested during rush hours. A driver waiting to turn left from southbound Broadview to Oakes can cause “major holdups,” he said.
The lane additions were recommended by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency in a 2016 study.
The Broadview-Oakes project will also include new traffic signals and other improvements recommended by NOACA. They include:
Switching the traffic light to full operational mode all day instead of having the light flash yellow -- meaning proceed with caution -- and red -- meaning stop before proceeding -- at certain times. This would make it easier and safer for drivers turning from Oakes to Broadview during non-rush hours. Yelenosky said the light now flashes yellow on Broadview and red on Oakes during flashing mode.
Adding GPS timeclocks to traffic lights on Broadview at Oakes, Akins Road to the south and possibly Royalton Road to the north. The timeclocks would allow synchronization of the lights to keep drivers moving.
Enforcing the “stop-here-on-red” sign on Broadview northbound just south of Oakes. The sign is there to prevent drivers from blocking a fire station emergency exit driveway on Broadview. Drivers blocking the exit can increase emergency response times. New reflective pavement on Broadview and signs would also help.
Painting a new crosswalk across Broadview at Oakes to improve safety. Also, the project would include new pedestrian traffic signal heads and push buttons, along with curb ramps at Broadview northbound and Oakes westbound. New curbs and sidewalks would not be part of the project.
Installing vehicle detection in the Broadview-Oakes traffic light at the eastbound and westbound approaches and northbound and southbound left-turn lanes. This would allow the traffic signal to change based on vehicles electronically detected at the intersection.
Earlier this year, the city hired Euthenics Inc., a Cleveland engineering firm, for $44,332 to design the Broadview-Oakes widening.