Swanton property owners that will be affected by an Airport Highway project met with Ohio Department of Transportation engineers on Wednesday at village hall. They were provided an update on the safety project, according to Jon Gochenour, village administrator.
The project is slated to include the addition of a center turn lane between Hallett Avenue and Turtle Creek and a sidewalk on the south side of Airport Highway. It would also include improvements at the intersections of Airport Highway and Main Street and Airport Highway and Hallett Avenue.
Gochenour said that ODOT engineers plan to make some revisions following local comments.
The project is tentatively scheduled for next summer, according to the administrator. “(ODOT is) trying to finalize plans,” said Gochenour. I would think they would put something out for bid in the spring of next year.”
There has been no new information from ODOT on another potential Airport Highway project. Local officials are waiting on ODOT to take the next step regarding the possible installation of a stoplight at the intersection of Airport Highway and Munson Road.
The village and Swancreek Township worked together to fund a traffic study at the intersection. According to a consulting engineer, the study shows that the intersection met the requirements for a traffic signal.
But ODOT has the final say, and since Airport Highway is a state highway nothing can move forward without them. ODOT would have to agree that a signal is warranted before anything further can happen. If it’s agreed, the village would then need to have the intersection designed. That design would then be submitted to ODOT for approval.
The timing is out of the hands of village officials.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise