State Route 59 Signalization
Project Location: State
Route 59 from Chestnut St to Horning Rd
$3,200,000 ($1.6 million from AMATS)
($439,000 from OPWC)
($128,000 from CDBG)
Design Start Date April 2008
Construction Start Date
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
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.
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
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
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
Jon Giaquinto, P.E. City of Kent
City of Kent
Department of Public Service
Division of Engineering