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State Route 59 Signalization


Project Location: State Route 59 from Chestnut St to Horning Rd

Project Budget:    $3,200,000 ($1.6 million from AMATS)

                                                       ($439,000 from OPWC)

                                                      ($128,000 from CDBG)


Project Schedule:

           Design Start Date            April 2008

           Construction Start Date  August 2010

           Project Finish                   April  2012

In 2005, the City commissioned a Citywide Traffic Signal Systems Study to be completed. The intent of the study was to determine how we could effectively use our existing roadways to pass traffic safely without additional roadway widening.

The City’s traffic patterns are unique because of the limited number of streets that cross the Cuyahoga River and the railroads that run through town. These limited crossing locations create a "funnel" effect that at each bridge. This coupled with the unusual traffic patterns surrounding the University and the different events that it holds creates non-standard traffic patterns. The current traffic signal system is not suited to manage this traffic efficiently.

The recommendations from the study included a five-phase approach to upgrading the existing signal systems. The results of which are estimated to provide an 180% reduction in delays, a 14% reduction in stops and significant reductions in air pollution.

The SR 59 Signalization project is the first phase of the five-phase plan. The project will include a central traffic control system that will allow staff to change the timing, move loop detector zones and monitor overall signal performance at any individual signal location connected to the system. Signal System Project Phasing Map

The project will also include upgrading the signals along SR 59 from South Chestnut Street to Horning Road and the Water/Summit Street intersection. The signal upgrades will include new controllers, video detection units, mast arms and other hardware as required. Fiber-optic lines will be installed along the entire corridor to connect the signal controllers to the central traffic control system.

The existing traffic signal at Haymaker (SR 59) and Depeyster Street is not warranted based upon current traffic volumes. The project will study the removal of this signal along with sight distance improvements and access for emergency vehicles. The results of the study recommend the retention of this signal due to the future development in the City’s Downtown.  The signal was approved for funding by the Ohio Department of Transportation and will be reconstructed as part of this project.

Project Partners




Project Status:



Jon Giaquinto, P.E. City of Kent

Senior Engineer

Phone: 330-678-8106

Email: giaquintoj@kent-ohio.org

  City of Kent

Department of Public Service

Division of Engineering