April 24, 2014

Medina
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Safety improvements in store at Granger Road, Route 94

GRANGER TWP. — Township officials have won funding for a roundabout for a dangerous intersection at Granger and state Route 94.

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency approved spending $2.15 million for the project through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

A pickup turns left onto Granger Road from southbound Ridge Road in Granger Township on Monday morning. A roundabout is being planned for the intersection by the Ohio Department of Transportation. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

The money won’t become available until October 2015.

Barb Beach, Granger’s fiscal officer, said township officials requested help from ODOT several years ago to improve safety at the intersection.

“It’s a dangerous intersection,” Beach said. “We were hoping for a traffic light there, but a study by ODOT didn’t warrant that.”

Vehicle traffic on Route 94 consists of 7,410 vehicles per day, according to a 2010 ODOT study. About 6 percent of the traffic is semitrailers.

Beach said traffic is heaviest on Granger Road and Route 94 (Ridge Road) during the morning and evening rush hours and after school.

Beach said the township has no idea what the roundabout will look like because a design has not yet been developed by ODOT.

“The goal is to make the intersection safer,” she said. “But we’re unsure on how the roundabout will be constructed or work out there.”

Money for the roundabout comes from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program and ODOT.

NOACA is a transportation and environmental planning agency representing state, county, city, village and township officials. The agency addresses transportation, air quality and water quality needs for Medina, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.

  • Vince

    Spending $2.15 million for a roundabout is better than installing a traffic light that would cost about $250,000?nWhy would that be safer or better then a traffic light? It isn’t. The stop light will do the same thing; make the intersection safer plus save a small fortune.nnnThe stoplight was tried before. It worked fine.nnnnThe argument that the money would be spent elsewhere so we might as well get it is stupid and harmful.nOne of the public employees involved in this; local or at the state level need to make the correct decision here and it’s not spending $2.15 million.