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Another Traffic Snarl to be Tackled in Strongsville

City will try to improve flow at Albion-Prospect intersection

 

The city is seeking an engineering firm to design a solution to traffic jams at the intersection of Albion and Prospect roads.

City Engineer Ken Mikula said the solution will include "adding left-turn lanes where there aren't any now -- on eastbound and westbound Albion."

The project will also involve reconstructing the entire intersection with concrete and new drainage, and could also include adding a right-turn lane, if warranted by a traffic survey.

"We know for sure it will add left-turn lanes," Mikula said.

He said the project is aimed at reducing traffic snarls at the intersection, particularly during rush hour, when motorists coming from Pearl Road stack up at the signal.

Currently, there is a left-turn arrow for westbound traffic to turn south onto Prospect, but no left-turn lane, "so if you miss the arrow, you have to wait, and traffic stacks up behind you," Mikula said.

The city is also looking at adding lanes to the Shurmer-Howe roads intersection, another trouble spot for traffic.

The Albion-Prospect project is estimated to cost $1.5 million. The city has listed it among its major capital projects for 2013.

City Council on Monday approved legislation to choose an engineering firm.

Ralph October 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
How about a right turn lane from west bound Drake onto the more voluminous PEARL Rd which ushers traffic to our businesses instead of these residential areas. Businesses pay real estate tax, payroll tax, etc. and bring more money into Strongsville than houses. So that's the side our bread is buttered on; biz not resi.
Kathy October 18, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Speaking of left turn lanes - The green left turn arrow at the north lane on Pearl Road turning west onto Royalton Road (Rt. 82) allows four (maybe four and one-half) cars to turn left. A fifth car racing to catch the green arrow catches a red light, while the additional cars sit for another complete cycle of light changes. Adding a few more seconds to the legal turn would allow a couple more cars to turn left through the intersection, helping to alleviate another back-up at a very busy intersection.
sportsman October 23, 2012 at 02:36 AM
xmas eve 2011 was in traffic by mall and howell rd when ems could not move they had lights on and horn going no one could move over this is sad i hope no one died because of this THANK YOU CITY HALL WHAT YOU CAUSED

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