Improvements planned for Graham, Fishcreek intersection in Stow

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies
The city of Stow is planning safety improvements to the intersection of Graham and Fishcreek roads in Stow. The intersection is ranked the second highest crash intersection in the city, with 126 crashes reported in 2016-18.

The city of Stow is planning safety improvements to the intersection of Graham and Fishcreek roads intersection, which is the second highest crash intersection in Stow, with 126 crashes reported during 2016-18.

The intersection is also ranked the 14th highest crash intersection in the AMATS area.

The proposed improvements would include:

• removing the right-turn islands.

• resurfacing the entire intersection with new asphalt pavement.

• reconstructing the traffic signal.

• upgrading pedestrian amenities including crosswalk upgrades.

• reconfiguring a commercial driveway off of Fishcreek Road to provide a smoother turning movement entering the property.

• implementing access management for some commercial driveways along the east leg of Graham Road.

According to city engineer Jim McCleary, at this time, the environmental impacts appear “extremely minor.“ A small utility easement for a new traffic signal and some temporary easements for the reconfigured driveway will be required. The project is sponsored and funded by the city of Stow and the Ohio Department of Transportation. McCleary noted the City is trying to expedite the design process so that the construction contract can be awarded in the summer of 2021. Construction should take approximately five months.

The city welcomes comments or questions about this project. These can be made to James D. McCleary, P.E., P.S., Stow City Engineer, at 330-689-2719 or imccleary@stow.oh.us. Submit your comments/questions by Aug. 21.