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        Oregon received a $1.7 million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve the intersection of Coy Road and Navarre Avenue, the second phase of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement project.

       Plans call for new traffic signalization changes and dedicated turn lanes. It will also include widening of Coy.

        “There will be widening, in particular to the north so the southbound definitely has to be improved,” Public Service Director Paul Roman said at a recent council meeting. “A lot of the right away will come from the BP gas station that is there. There are a lot of drives, especially for that corner parcel, that are very close to that intersection that we really need to move further away. So there’s a lot of work there.”

        The city will be coordinating the installation of underground aerial lines and water line replacement projects with the intersection improvements, said Roman.

        “We have a whole other project of trying to lower our aerial crossovers from Isaac Streets Drive all the way to Lallendorf. We’re trying to coordinate that along with our waterline replacement. A lot of that underground work has to take place first,” said Roman.

        “It’s a complicated project,” he added.

        The project is expected to reduce accidents at the intersection.

        “The number one goal of the project is safety,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “That intersection is the place with one of the highest number of accidents.”

        Awards are about to be issued by the state for the best safety enhancement projects.

        “The Navarre corridor project did very well,” he said.

 

Safety project

        Beazley is referring to Phase I of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project, which was completed last year. The project included the implementation of various safety and aesthetic improvements along Navarre Avenue between I-280 and Isaac Streets Drive to reduce crashes and improve safety. The city received grant funding from the Federal Highway Administration through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the project.

       The improvements included the construction of a median along Navarre Avenue, bulb out and median openings to accommodate U-turns and emergency access, and the construction of a public road to the Freeway strip mall that improves access to area businesses as well as provides access for emergency vehicles. In addition, upgraded traffic signals, the addition of a second left turn lane for southbound Wheeling Street, resurfacing to improve pavement skid resistance, waterline replacement and other related work were completed.

        “The next phase would be the Coy-Navarre intersection,” said Beazley. “These things don’t happen overnight. We have to follow the specific state timeline for design, right-of-way acquisition of property, jumping through various hoops, bids, then construction.”

        It would also likely include the addition of aesthetics.

        “When we can, we want to blend safety with aesthetics so we can make it more attractive,” Beazley added. “We want to continue the same theme we developed between I-280 and Isaac Streets Drive.”

        Phase 3 would extend improvements on Navarre from Isaac Streets Drive to Coy.

        “We haven’t even applied for that grant yet. We have to take it in the order in which it makes sense,” said Beazley.

        Roman said the Navarre-Coy intersection scored well for safety funding due to the high number of accidents.

        “That’s why it’s a priority,” he said.

       

Similarities

        Phase II would have a median similar to the one between Isaac Streets Drive and I-280, said Roman.

        “The project limits are 500 to 1,000 feet east and west of Coy on Navarre. So it’s not like a huge section, but similar to what we’ve done on Navarre already. A lot of the work will be the widening and right-of-way acquisition,” said Roman.

        Beazley said more detail on the project will be provided once the design phase is completed.

        “We will work though a design phase, submit those designs to ODOT and get their approval. Then we’ll begin whatever property acquisition of the right-of-way to add a turn lane or widen the roadway.”

        The safety grant covers 90 percent of the cost of the project, said Roman.

        “With the other section of Navarre, from Isaac Streets Drive to I-280, the aesthetics – the decorative poles and things like that – the city paid 100 percent for that,” said Roman.

       

Bulbs planted

        Beazley also noted that a new resident of Oregon with horticulture experience planted over 30,000 flower bulbs as part of the project on Navarre. ”It was a labor of love,” he said.

        The bulbs were planted at the intersection at Wheeling and at some of the islands. “There’s about 3,000 left to be planted,” he added.

        City Council clerk Tina Evans helped coordinate the effort, said Beazley. “I look forward to seeing them come up,” he said.

        Councilman James Seaman said he helped plant some of the bulbs.

        “I went over to help. I worked five or six hours and planted about 2,000 to 3,000 bulbs,” said Seaman. “But it’s going to be absolutely beautiful. When developers see that, they are going to want to develop in Oregon.”

       

       

       

 

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