LIMA — Cable Road is on track for some substantial changes thanks to the approval of a preliminary engineering contract by Lima City Council Monday night.
Slated to cost just under $25,000, councilors approved the contract with Choice One Engineering in order for the engineering firm to begin analyzing traffic and examining optional upgrades to the Cable Road area just south of its intersection with Elida Road. Lima Public Works Director Howard Elstro said the study will then be used this spring in an effort to secure Ohio Department of Transportation safety funds addressing pedestrian safety along the corridor.
“We anticipate that we would be able to put a sidewalk down one side of Cable Road. We would have to adjust the lanes and create a median,” Elstro said.
Left-turn intersections as well as updates to the pavement of the Cable Road would also be included in the work. A very early estimate for the overall improvement package has currently been set at $3 million.
Such upgrades would most likely not help much in eliminating consistent train stops in that area. While the improved corridor could benefit traffic congestion, Elstro said there’s no plans to put in a grade separation at the train tracks on Cable Road as such projects typically require years of additional planning and substantial funding sources.
Instead, the focus will be pedestrian safety for those who frequently walk through the area, such as University of Northwestern Ohio students.
“This preliminary engineering will both talk about scope and potential of construction options to improve pedestrian-vehicular safety,” Elstro said.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.