The interchange study includes traffic counts and growth projections for the area.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
BOARDMAN -- Another study within the larger U.S. Route 224 corridor study must be completed before the full report is done.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is conducting an interchange modification study at U.S. 224 and state Route 11 to ensure that the alternatives suggested for U.S. 224 won't negatively impact the interchange, said Maureen Bachman, an ODOT District 4 spokeswoman.
"The results will determine whether plans for U.S. 224 can move forward to design," she said.
The study will be done in the next several months, Bachman said.
The interchange modification study, or IMS, has to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
The IMS will include traffic counts and projections, analysis of level-of-service projections and growth projections for the area.
The U.S. 224 corridor study, started in late 2004, covers the six-mile stretch of Route 224 between state Route 11 in Canfield and Interstate 680 in Poland.
It is ongoing but awaits completion of the IMS.
Among the suggestions in that 1 million study by URS Consultants of Akron were an underpass at the U.S. 224-Market Street intersection, medians down the road's center and back roads in to businesses.
ODOT and Eastgate Regional County of Governments funded the study.
Boardman trustees have voiced concerns about some of the suggestions, specifically the medians and the underpass. They worried about those changes affecting access for emergency personnel.
The study's goals are reducing congestion, improving safety, preserving the corridor's economic viability, reducing vehicle use within the corridor, educating drivers and making the corridor environmentally friendly.