The City of Oregon was recently notified that it will receive funding to improve Navarre Avenue, from I-280 to Isaac Streets Drive. The Safety Program Committee of the Ohio Department of Transportation sent a letter to the City stating that its application for the construction of various enhancements along Navarre and at the junctures of Dearborn, Munding, Wheeling, and Isaac Streets has been approved for funding. The City, with the assistance of DGL Consulting Engineers, submitted the request for funding to ODOT to reduce the incidence of traffic accidents along the heavily traveled road. Safety measures to be incorporated include signal improvements, the construction of medians with provisions for U-turns, the addition of a second left-turn lane on southbound Wheeling, and the replacement of the existing asphalt with microsurface to help prevent skidding when the pavement is wet.
The estimated construction cost for the improvements is $2.7 million, with ODOT providing $2.4 million of the funds and the City the remainder. According to Paul Roman, Director of Public Services with the City of Oregon, construction won’t begin on the project until 2016, allowing time for the development of the detailed engineering plans as well as right-of-way and utility plans.