Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 4 has secured more than $2.5 million toward improving the Route 62 intersections at Bedford Road and Broadway Avenue in Masury, but it’s still at least two years before any work will be done, a spokesman said.
While trustees have long sought safety changes to the intersections, said Brookfield Trustee Ron Haun, ODOT launched a safety study following the Sept. 20, 2018, fatal crash involving a garbage truck and a minivan.
The study by EMH&T of Columbus offered alternatives that included closing off the intersections, leaving them open but building turn lanes on Route 62, and building restricted U-turn lanes that would allow traffic to pass the intersections but turn around and come back to Bedford and Broadway.
ODOT met with township officials Nov. 25 to discuss options, but no decisions have been made, said Justin Chesnic, public information officer for District 4, which includes Trumbull County.
The project recently received safety funding that will be used for preliminary engineering and environmental studies, $175,000; right-of-way acquisitions, $50,000; and construction, $2.4 million, Chesnic said.
“Since it is extremely early in the design, please keep in mind that the total cost of the project could change,” he said. “The numbers I shared are what has been approved so far. If the project price increases, we could potentially need additional funding.”
A public meeting – whether in-person or virtual – will be held, and officials are looking at the fall of 2021 for it, Chesnic said.
“During that time, we solicit comments from the public and show them what we plan on constructing,” he said. “It’s a vague timeline, but at this point, it looks like the project (construction) would not begin until sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.”