Engineer Mark O’Dell has the greenlight to go out for bid for the Gateway
Blvd. reconfiguration project.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously to authorize
O’Dell to advertise in time to open bids at its July 24 meeting.
Associates has been designing the reconfiguration and O’Dell reported that
the plans are 95 percent completed. “They look good,” he said. “All we have
to do is fine-tune the specs.”
The point of the
reconfiguration: to remove the bottleneck--formed by the median
islands--which pinches the four westbound lanes at the roadway’s mouth on
Ind. 49 to two lanes just east of the Speedway, resulting in long stacks of
traffic at rush hour.
The key features of
* The traffic
islands will be lopped roughly in half to create four full westbound lanes
west of Matson Street.
eastbound on Gateway Blvd. from Ind. 49 will no longer be able to enter the
Speedway by turning left and crossing westbound Gateway Blvd. through the
current cross-through between the two islands. Instead, they’ll be directed
to Speedway’s road cut on Matson Street.
* Speedway’s road
cut on westbound Gateway Blvd. will become right-in/right-out only.
* The Bob Evans and
Hilton Garden Inn road cut on eastbound Gateway Blvd. will also become
right-in/right-out only. Customers leaving both businesses will be directed
to the intersection of Matson Street, where they’ll be able to turn left
onto westbound Gateway Blvd.
westbound on Gateway Blvd. will have a left turn-only lane allowing them to
access Bob Evans and the Hilton Garden Inn.
John Schnadenberg told the commission that he’s talked with all of the
affected stakeholders--the Speedway, Bob Evans, the Hilton Garden Inn,
Culver’s, and AJ’s Pizza--and that everyone’s on board with the
Department of Transportation is on board as well, Schnadenberg added. INDOT
has indicated that it can’t remedy the stacking problem on Gateway Blvd. by
adjusting the timing of the traffic signal, he said, “because it would have
to be a two-minute green light” to clear the stacking.
expects construction to begin in September, well after the Lake Erie Land
Company has finished replacing the brick pavers in Coffee Creek Center with