Hudson -- Drivers will see some relief from traffic congestion on Norton Road when improvements are made in 2016.

A traffic study was done which determined the delays and congestion at the intersection was unacceptable by the cities of Stow and Hudson and the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to Mike Woodring, senior transportation engineer with the design consultant URS.

The $2.4 million project will be done in cooperation with Stow, and the 20 percent or $480,000 the cities are responsible for, will be split between them.

A big impact is the interchange at Seasons Road, the name of Norton Road west of Hudson Drive. Traffic has increased both ways, Woodring said.

Drivers at the intersection experience "substantial traffic delay and congestion, especially during peak hours," according to the city's informational handout.

Residents were able to preview the plans June 10 at a public meeting at the Barlow Community Center and provide feedback. Comment sheets can be mailed to the city of Hudson by July 14.

Construction would not begin until March 2016 and continue through November 2016, according to City Project Manager Chris Papp.

The concrete for driveways will be quick setting and some work will be done at night to minimize disruptions to businesses and homes in the construction area, Papp said. Some clean up and restoration may be done in early 2017.

Currently the intersection of Norton and Darrow roads has left turn lanes but the project calls for lengthening the left turn lanes, adding right only turn lanes, upgrading the traffic signal and adding a 10-foot wide bike and hike trail along the west side of Darrow Road and north side of Norton Road to the existing Summit MetroParks Hike and Bike Trail.

The trail is on the north side of Norton Road because a parking lot is planned by Redwood Management Co. as part of The Trails of Hudson development in the area, Woodring said.

In addition, resurfacing, new curbs, walks, signing, pavement markings and drainages improvements will be made, he added.

The project will be done in coordination with another 2016 project by the Ohio Department of Transportation to replace the bridge and bike and hike tunnel and make improvements to the Fishcreek Road intersection just south of the Norton Road intersection.

The project will mesh with the tunnel/bridge replacement, Woodring said.

"We can close lanes at the same time and traffic will be diverted at one time for both projects," Woodring said.


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