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Hamid V. Homaee, P.E.

Avon Belden Road Traffic Study and Signal Design, Avon Lake, Ohio

The City of Avon Lake gave KS Associates the "green light" for two locally funded projects that have improved safety and traffic flow along Avon-Belden Road (S.R. 83). The City authorized the design of a northbound left-turn lane at the intersection of Avon-Belden and Webber Roads, and a new traffic signal at Avon-Belden Road and Pin Oak Parkway.

After obtaining traffic counts and evaluating accident records, KS determined that traffic congestion and safety would be improved if the existing two-lane road at Avon-Belden and Webber Roads was widened to three lanes to include a dedicated left-turn only onto Webber Road. The turn lane reduces delays to northbound through traffic, which was slowing or stopping behind vehicles waiting to make left turns through southbound traffic.

The second project involved installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Pin Oak Parkway and Avon-Belden Road. Traffic volume at this intersection increased as a result of growth in the City’s population, and the increase in industrial, commercial and manufacturing businesses located in the Pin Oak Industrial Parkway. The signal reduces the amount of time vehicles are stopped in a queue on Pin Oak waiting to turn onto Avon-Belden Road. It also helps to reduce accident frequency and protect pedestrians as they cross this busy intersection.

KS Associates performed a Traffic Impact Study, which took into consideration that approximately 30 school buses travel eastbound to Avon-Belden between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The signal allows busses to experience less waiting time when turning onto Avon-Belden.

According to Mark B. Skellenger, P.E., vice president of KS Associates, “The traffic signal solution we recommended for the City included low-maintenance, energy-efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) signal faces; battery backup to maintain signal operation during power outages; a signal preempt system to provide green lights for approaching emergency vehicles; and loop detectors on Pin Oak for efficient signal actuation.”