Traffic Signal Coming to U.S. 422 and Rapids Road in Troy Township
Overhead Flashing Beacon To Be Converted to a Stop-and-Go Traffic Signal
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Tuesday, October 28, 2014) – By Thanksgiving, motorists who travel U.S. 422 (Main Market Street) in Troy Township in Geauga County will see a stop-and-go traffic signal installed at the intersection of Rapids Road. Presently the intersection is marked with an overhead flashing beacon that displays a yellow “warning” indication to U.S. 422 motorists and a red “stop” indication to Rapids Road drivers.
This change comes after a recently completed ODOT traffic study at U.S. 422 and Rapids Road revealed traffic volumes at the intersection warranted a traffic signal.
The existing warning beacon was installed in 1997 to improve safety at the intersection. Since then, ODOT traffic engineers continued to monitor the intersection to determine whether it was appropriate to change the installation from a flashing beacon to a traffic signal.
The new traffic signal is expected to reduce delays for motorists using Rapids Road who wish to cross or turn onto U.S. 422. ODOT also plans to provide a left-turn arrow for U.S. 422 eastbound motorists during the weekday afternoon peak hours in order to service a large number of left turning vehicles that are headed northbound on Rapids Road. The arrow will be omitted for all other hours of the day to improve the efficiency of the signal operation.
Drivers are advised that once new traffic signals are placed at the intersection, they will operate in “flash mode” (yellow to U.S. 422 and red to Rapids Road) for a period of 10 days to prepare motorists for the change in condition. After that period, the traffic signals will be placed into full operation in stop-and-go condition continuously for 24 hours a day. The signal will be designed to remain green on U.S. 422 a majority of the time, with Rapids Road receiving the green indication only when one or more vehicles are present on Rapids Road.
ODOT urges drivers to exercise additional caution in this area while crews make changes to the signal installation and while other drivers become accustomed to this change in condition.
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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us