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A project for the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and Minerva's Grant Boulevard is in the works, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Brent Kovacs, a public information officer with Stark County's District 4 ODOT office, said the proposed design for the Minerva intersection would involve widening the roadway and would affect about one tenth of a mile.
ODOT is in the preliminary stages of the project, construction of which is anticipated to begin in three years. The department would pay most of the estimated $2.99 million project cost, while Minerva would be asked to contribute a local match of about $193,000 using grant funds.
According to documents ODOT submitted to Minerva's village council earlier this year, the new design would require the relocation of a utility pole, light pole and fire hydrant near the intersection.
Several buildings located along the northern edge of Route 30 near its intersection with Grant Boulevard would also be affected.
Kovacs said ODOT would seek to acquire right-of-ways for the affected buildings. However, details about how the structures might be affected are not yet available from ODOT.
The split-phase traffic signal that drivers currently see at the intersection will be replaced with a stop sign on Grant Boulevard if the project goes forward. Kovacs said traffic studies have indicated that the amount of traffic passing through the intersection is not enough to require a signal once the roadway is widened.
The goal of the project, he said, is to reduce traffic accidents by softening the curve at the intersection.
"Due to the sharpness of the right turn, we primarily have seen rear end crashes and also fixed object crashes where vehicles have left the roadway and hit a fixed object on the roadway," he explained.
"By improving the radius of the turn, we'll be able to have a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit through the area and also get rid of the traffic light. We will also improve the time traffic has to go through that section of 30."
Kovacs stated that the Route 30/Grant Boulevard project is the first part of a larger ODOT project to upgrade the Route 30 corridor, which could also include constructing a four-lane connector highway from the Carrollton area up to a proposed new portion of Route 30 near Canton.
"We couldn't get funding for the larger project yet, so what we've done is look at this Route 30 corridor and break it up into much smaller projects. The U.S. 30/Grant project is one of the first ones," he said.
"This area is causing most of the back-ups along Route 30. By removing and changing this intersection, we will be able to improve the time that motorists have going through that intersection with 30."
ODOT records show that 22 crashes occurred at the Route 30/Grant Boulevard intersection from 2008 to 2014.
Forty-five percent of those crashes were rear-ends, 23 percent involved fixed objects such as utility poles, and 23 percent involved vehicles that were backing up.
ODOT plans to hold a public hearing about the Route 30/Grant Boulevard project this summer.