Access Management is a tool which is used to reduce congestion and to improve safety on our highways throughout District 3. The application of sound access management techniques and strategies will enable us to address the issue of congestion on state highways.
Unmanaged access to streets and highways is responsible for 50% of all accidents, a 50% loss of roadway capacity and results in 40% more fuel consumption due to congestion and delay. It results in driver frustration, lowered operating speeds, increased users costs, less desirable commercial properties and a highway problem that becomes very expensive to address.
Managing access is oftentimes mistakenly labeled as "anti-growth" when in fact, the access management tool supports orderly economic development by providing appropriate access to property consistent with the operation and safety of the adjacent highway. It is intended to assist responsible development, not hinder it.
So, what is access management? Simply stated, it is a more efficient way of dealing with the problems associated with traffic congestion and safety caused by motorists turning into or out of driveways. Congestion and the threat of accidents become even greater as the number of driveways and intersections increase and the distance between them decreases.
Properly managed access provides necessary land access while preserving the safety, capacity and speed of traffic on the surrounding road system. It manages the movement of traffic in and out of driveways and the number and spacing of driveways, traffic signals, medians, intersections.
Unlike many of the urban and surrounding suburban areas of cities like Cleveland and Columbus, District 3 has a limited number of congested areas. However, properly applied access management techniques and strategies will enable us to avoid many of the congestion and safety issues experienced by our more urbanized neighbors.
In District 3, we use the State Highway Access Management Manual as our source of reference for addressing access requests. It contains the process requirements and the standards that are applied depending on the type of highway facility involved. We have inventoried all state highways in Ohio and classified them into five categories for access management purposes. Each Category has its own standards for number of drives permitted, permitted traffic movements at the drive, spacing requirements, turn lane thresholds and a variety of other items. These standards ensure the highway will continue to function as it was originally intended to operate in terms of safety, mobility and land access.
Contact Julie Cichello at 800-276-4188, ext. 7168 for additional information on commercial access permits.