Howe-Shurmer Corner to Be Redesigned

Strongsville is hiring engineer to realign frustrating intersection


Strongsville is taking the next step toward making the corner of Howe and Shurmer roads a little less annoying.

City Council this week agreed to start looking for an engineering firm to design plans to fix the intersection so traffic flows more smoothly.

"It won't be that much different, but it will be more like what you see at Drake and Howe," City Engineer Ken Mikula said.

The solution will entail widening both roads at that corner and:

• Installing a proper-length left-turn lane onto Shurmer for traffic traveling north on Howe.

• Adding a left-turn lane for Shurmer traffic turning onto Howe.

• Putting in a right-turn lane for southbound Howe Road traffic to turn onto Shurmer.

The recommendations came from Euthenics Inc., an engineering firm hired last year to do a preliminary study of the three-way intersection, which some motorists have dubbed the worst in Strongsville.

Drivers complain that Shurmer traffic trying to turn onto Howe often has to wait several minutes for the light to change.

After the project is done, the signals will be adjusted for the new pattern, Mikula said.

Cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million.

Mikula said fixing traffic snarls at that intersection will help when the city tackles bigger problems at Howe and Royalton roads.

"This is a building block for the rest of it," he said.

Jill January 09, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Why do they need to hire an engineer it is not rocket science fix the timing on the lights and save the city $.
tom m January 09, 2013 at 03:04 PM
If you want to cut down on the traffic flow on Howe put up a guardrail before Boston Rd,.............. by limiting the out of county traffic through Strongsville it might move the talks up about a Boston interchange
Janet Yurcik January 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
We definitely need this. Another intersection that needs attention is 130th and Drake. If you are traveling on Drake Rd., the 130th light takes forever on red, and once it turns green, if someone in front of you wants to turn left, and you want to go right or straight, you can literally miss an entire light or 2 because of one person. Eastbound, there is an extra lane, but it is not designated as straight or right turn only, so it can only be used to try and squeeze around the left-turning car. Westbound, there is no space to go around the car turning left, and the green light is so short, you can also get stuck at that light without any cars going through. Needs: Add straight or right only lane going Westbound, designate existing right lane going Eastbound as straight or right only, and maybe add a turn signal to the lights.
lyn January 09, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Isn't Drake east of W. 130th in North Royalton?
Buster Chops March 31, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I hope Mikula is a real traffic engineer instead of another city employee handed a job for knowing a politician. Of course, these plans will allow the city to buy dozens of more traffic lights, which is good for someone. (Follow the money).


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