Final interconnections and new traffic signals to be turned on at Strasburg Interchange
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, February 29, 2016) – After a four-month delay due to material deliveries, the final, new interconnected traffic signals will be fully activated later this week at the Interstate 77 and U.S. Route 250 Interchange at Strasburg in Tuscarawas County.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “As most locals remember, our contractor installed temporary signals and temporary poles last fall to progress the project and mitigate delays, but when those signals were turned on, they did not function as intended and resulted in traffic congestion. Therefore, we immediately ceased their operation until we had everything in place as designed.”
Once every new signal is turned on, it goes through a 10-day performance test where engineers and technicians evaluate its effectiveness, correct timing, and phasing to make adjustments as needed.
“We expect these new signals to be functional now,” said MacAdam. “However, we will have staff on site as they go into operation to maximize the timing, making adjustments as needed, to ensure it is correct and moving traffic in the safest, most efficient manner possible. The entire purpose of this project is to better the flow of traffic through this complex interchange area.”
Power will be turned on later today, putting the signals into flash mode, but they are expected to be fully activated on Thursday, March 3rd, before the peak evening travel times.
ODOT’s contractor for this $1.13 million safety improvement project is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio. Work began last July and included: the installation of new traffic signals, upgraded pavement markings and signage, new curb at U.S. 250 and Fort Laurens Road, and turn lanes at multiple U.S. 250 intersections to provide adequate vehicle storage.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov