Mah-Tmb road upgrades suggested

YOUNGSTOWN — A road junction called a roundabout is one suggestion to improve safety at the Mathews Road-Sheridan Road intersection in Boardman.

Representatives of the Mahoning and Trumbull engineers’ offices, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 met today to review preliminary safety studies for two of the region’s accident-prone roads.

Last year, ODOT District 4 hired Burgess and Niple, a Columbus-based engineering firm, to conduct safety studies of the roads because of high-traffic accidents.

The one-mile stretch of North River Road from the Larchmont Extension to Elm Road in Howland saw 174 crashes over three years.

The other corridor, the half-mile section of Mathews Road from South Avenue to Sheridan Road, realized 128 accidents over three years.

Both corridors were identified in Eastgate’s safety-conscious plan prepared in 2005.

The final safety studies will likely be done in the spring.

Some of the preliminary suggestions for Mathews included coordinating signals at South and Meadow Lane, South and Indianola Road, and Mathews and Sheridan as well as widening South to move the point where it merges a half-mile to the north.

A roundabout, suggested by ODOT representatives at today’s meeting, would connect the two roads by directing traffic around a circular island. The configurations are used in other parts of the state.

For Trumbull County's North River Road, preliminary suggestions include a coordinated signal system with adjacent signals at Larchmont and Phoenix Road Northeast, Larchmont and the Delphi plant entrance on the north leg, and North River Road and the Delphi plant entrance on the east leg to reduce vehicle stops.

A coordinated signal system also was suggested for the signals at Elm Road and Blair Drive, Elm and Gretchen Drive, and North River and North roads also to reduce vehicle stops.

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