KS Associates is the Prime Consultant, providing design services for improvements to Cooper Foster Park Road. The road is a heavily traveled urban minor arterial running east and west along the border of the cities of Amherst and Lorain. The goals of this 1.07-mile project are to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety.
The KS design team aligned the scope of services to meet the project’s purpose, need, and budget. Work includes reconstructing and widening the roadway for a continuous three-lane section with curb, sidewalk, drainage, and a culvert extension; Maintenance of Traffic (MOT); signing and pavement markings; signal and lighting design; and environmental documentation.
MOT is an important aspect of this project, due to the corridor’s congestion. Most of Cooper Foster Park Road consists of two lanes; therefore, the MOT required maintaining eastbound traffic and detouring westbound traffic. A pre-phase will be used to construct a portion of the storm sewers and drainage structures. The roadway, drainage structures, signal, lighting, and traffic control items will be constructed utilizing a two-phase, part-width MOT scheme. Due to the amount of traffic and urban nature of the project, MOT plans required access to commercial drives and side roads at all times during construction.
The project received $2,000,000 in NOACA funding. The balance is being split between the City of Amherst and the City of Lorain. Design of the project is ahead of schedule. Final plans were submitted to the County in April 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2019.