By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — The city has awarded a $95,000 traffic study contract to the Columbus-based GPD Group. City Engineer Brian Ball said that the next step is to set up a meeting to go over the scope of the work.
“Part of our request we put out is a wish list. Now we need to prioritize,” he told KnoxPages.com on Friday.
Short-term, GPD's task is to prepare the city to apply for the next grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the next phase of the South Sandusky Street project. GPD Group will also review the entire downtown area, looking at ways to improve traffic without taking away from businesses, evaluating the timing of traffic lights, identifying whether the flashing light time frames are appropriate and the proper integration of bike traffic in the downtown area.
“We've identified some funding sources, but we need some hard findings to back up our applications,” said Ball. “It's getting some science into our methods.”
As price tags are determined, Ball anticipates the work will take place in phases over 2017 and 2018. He also said that the traffic study will alleviate incidents of tractor-trailers on roads not designed for heavy-truck traffic. “They have a lot of good advice on what we can do to get trucks to turn properly,” he said. “We know we have some easily improved problems, some are longer term.”