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Traffic Woes at Shurmer-Howe Intersection Being Studied

City hires engineering firm to see how to improve traffic flow

The city is hiring an engineering firm to study how to improve traffic flow at one of Strongsville's most frustrating intersections -- Howe and Shurmer.

City Council this week hired Euthenics Inc. to perform a traffic study at the three-way corner, which a number of motorists have dubbed the worst in Strongsville.

Drivers often has to wait several minutes for the light to change.

"You can sit at that red light for up to five minutes," one reader complained to Strongsville Patch in February.

Strongsville Patch in several stories about the city's traffic problems.

Euthenics said it will do traffic counts on a typical weekday to gauge the volume of cars, then recommend how to best fix the intersection. 

City Engineer Ken Mikula said the study will determine whether another lane should be added to Shurmer Road to separate the left- and right-turn traffic. 

Currently, cars turning right often have to wait behind a line of vehicles making left turns. 

City officials said they are aware of the problem, but the signal has to favor Howe Road, one of the city's busiest roads, to keep traffic from stacking up.

Also, Strongville's lights are synchronized so that changing one would affect all the others in the area.

Euthenics will be paid $3,200 for the traffic study.

Kat September 08, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I think a 3 lane road would be the best option for Howe. It would allow a "safe zone" for cars turning left out of Lanier, etc. And it would ease the back up from cars turning left from S-bound or N-bound on Howe.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Katherine- I agree with you. It would also be the less invasive way to widen for property owners, and the least expensive for the city. We can't keep ignoring the Howe problem. And, how much longer can we ignore the traffic problem on Royalton Rd (82) going west from I71? Even in the middle of the day it is backed up. And, Albion Rd, repair has been delayed again - that road closed May, 2011. But instead the city spends money ($130,000?) on a sign on I71 and MILLIONS to widen a small section of Pearl that isn't necessary. Both those are nice to be done, but not at the expense of other more pressing projects. PRIORITIES!!!
John Wells September 10, 2012 at 03:08 PM
talking about priorities, what about creating a new 95,00 dollar double-dipper position for the police chief since he "has to" retire. I always thought old chiefs could make more money in the private sector, but I guess they might expect results.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM
WOW! I had missed that. John, would you know the answers to a few questions that I just asked on the Patch's 8-31-12 article you must be referring to: http://strongsville.patch.com/articles/police-chief-to-become-city-s-safety-director
Lisa January 09, 2013 at 01:16 PM
I believe Howe needs to widened as well, way to much traffic. I hate that light on corner of Shurmer and Howe. I have seen so many run the light thinking it was broken, no doubt!

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