Ohio roundabout project wins partnering award

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I’m excited to share that the Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 and Mead & Hunt received the 2018 ODOT/ACEC Partnering Award for our joint efforts on the MED-94-11.91 Roundabout Design project.

MED-94-11.91 is located at the intersection of SR 94 and Granger Road in Medina County, Ohio. The number of crashes occurring at this intersection was higher than the expected frequency for this type of stop-controlled intersection. These were primarily angle crashes with injuries caused by inadequate sight distance. These safety issues caused this intersection to be prioritized on ODOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

As part of Mead & Hunt’s 2014 ODOT Statewide Safety Design Contract, our team was tasked with transforming this high-risk location into a safer intersection. Mead & Hunt completed an alternative evaluation report to discern which of three roundabout designs would be the most practical. ODOT then selected a cost-effective alternative that would cause the least amount of impacts to sit atop the existing intersection.

This project had multiple considerations and moving parts, requiring a close relationship with ODOT project staff and stakeholders. Coordinating right-of-way with 28 landowners; mitigating impacts to wetlands, streams and two ponds; and accommodating traffic from a nearby high school during construction were all factors that made this safety improvement project highly complex.

The only way to achieve success with a project this intricate is to work hand-in-hand with the client. It was important to Mead & Hunt that District 3 project staff be fully integrated throughout the project’s lifespan. Due to Mead & Hunt and ODOT’s collaborative efforts to make this intersection safer, our team met all milestones and received minimal review comments during design development.

I’m thrilled to see ODOT District 3 and Mead & Hunt recognized for going the extra mile.

Mike Ciotola, PE

About the Author

Mike Ciotola, P.E., ASSOC. DBIA, makes sure safety is woven into complex transportation projects. In his more than 25 years of experience, Mike spent 13 years with the Ohio Department of Transportation. He gets the project done, whatever it takes. Mike helps clients design interchange modifications, roundabouts, and other roadway and bridge improvements, including work on multiple Safety Design Task Order contracts. Mike says “Safety is always integral to projects. We improve the quality of people’s lives by helping our clients to design safe roads.”

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