Strongsville is seeking a state grant to offset the cost of improving the Albion-Prospect intersection, a project that is expected to start in the spring.
City Council this week authorized seeking a $691,500 Issue 1 grant for the construction, which will add left-turn lanes to the congested corner and make other improvements.
City Engineer Ken Mikula said design work is now under way. The project will be bid early next year, with construction starting in the spring.
Currently, traffic stacks up at the intersection because while there is a left-turn arrow, there is no dedicated left-turn lane on Albion. Left-turning motorists who miss the arrow hold up eastbound and westbound traffic behind them.
In addition to adding lanes, the project will also involve reconstructing the entire intersection with concrete and new drainage, replacing storm sewers, installing sidewalks and upgrading the traffic signal.and could also include adding a right-turn lane, if warranted by a traffic survey.
Cost of the project is estimated at $2.3 million. If the city gets the state grant, its cost would be reduced to $1.6 million.