A smoother ride along Canton Road in Springfield Township is what many are hoping for.
A public meeting Nov. 21 allowed for comments to be submitted on what improvements should be made to Canton Road from Sanitarium Road to Arcadia Road. The meeting drew about 30 people along with public officials from Springfield Township and Lakemore.
The biggest concern along the stretch is to improve the rideability and reduce the number of crashes that occur along the stretch. Improvements are slated to coast $8 million dollars.
"The major improvements include a dual (side by side) northbound left turn lanes that will be used to shorten the queue of left turning vehicles," said Heidi Swindell, Summit County government affairs liaison.
In addition to the northbound lane, an eastbound right turn only lane will be added on US 224 to permit right-turning vehicles to escape the line of through vehicles at the US 224 and Canton Road intersection.
Plans also call for a raised concrete barrier on Canton Road from US 224 to a point south of Arcadia Road. This barrier will prevent left-turning vehicles into and out of the numerous driveways in that area. South of the raised median to Springfield Lake Drive and north of US 224 to Linwood, a center turn lane will be constructed for two-way, left-turn traffic.
"At the end of each of the two-way, left-turn lanes, a U-turn lane will constructed to provide a spot for the left turns that are being denied by the barrier to be made," said Swindell.
Numerous driveways will be narrowed to better define the entrance and exit and redundant drives will be closed off. Also, the plan calls for an update to the traffic signals, curbs and sidewalks will be installed on the west side of Canton Road.
Engineering is underway, but construction is not slated to begin until 2018.
Those wishing to submit feedback for the project can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.