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Sharon Valley Road Roundabout

Sharon Valley Road will be closed at the intersection with Evans Boulevard and the access road to The OSU/COTC campus, beginning Monday, June 5th until Wednesday, August 16, 2017, for the installation of a roundabout. Motorists will need to use an alternate route during the closure.

***Access to the Legend and Liberty schools will be maintained by a temporary access driveway accessible from the TJ Evans athletic complex parking lot.

 


 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The City intends to address the traffic issues along the Sharon Valley Road corridor, particularly at Country Club Drive, King Road, and Evans Boulevard. Funding is not available to address all locations at a single time, so improvements must be completed in phases. The City decided to seek funding for the construction of the Roundabout at Evans Boulevard, first, for the following reasons:

  • Earmarked funds in the amount of over $140,000 were deposited by the City School District to help improve the intersection, when necessary, when the schools were constructed.
  • This is the only ingress/egress for all Legend Elementary School and Liberty Middle School traffic.
  • School locations are ranked higher when applying for grant funding.
  • No impacts to residential properties.
  • A roundabout at this location will help reduce vehicle speeds on Sharon Valley Road, which will benefit users of the Schools, as well as users of, the TJ Evans Athletic Complex, North Newark Little League, Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena, and Rotary Park.


This video clip shows existing traffic issues at the
Evans Boulevard and Sharon Valley Road intersection.

 

WHAT IS A ROUNDABOUT?

•       CIRCULAR INTERSECTION (70-180 FEET DIAMETER)

•       GEOMETRY PROVIDES DEFLECTION TO SLOW SPEEDS (~15-20 MPH)

•       ENTERING VEHICLES YIELD TO CIRCULATING TRAFFIC

•       CIRCULATING TRAFFIC HAS RIGHT OF WAY

•       SPLITTER ISLANDS

•       DEFINED TRAVEL PATH

BENEFITS OF ROUNDABOUTS1:

•      35% REDUCTION IN TOTAL CRASHES

•      76% DECREASE IN INJURY CRASHES

•      81% REDUCTION IN FATAL CRASHES

•      30-40% DECREASE IN PEDESTRIAN CRASHES

1Compared to Signalized Intersections, as published in NCHRP Report 572, Roundabouts in the United States, Transportation Research Board, 2007

 

WHY ARE THEY SAFER?

•      SEVERE CRASH TYPES NEARLY ELIMINATED

•      (NO HEAD-ON, ANGLE, AND LEFT TURN CRASHES)

•      FEWER CONFLICT POINTS (VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS)

•      (LESS CONFLICT = LESS CRASH POTENTIAL)

•      VEHICLE SPEEDS ARE REDUCED THROUGH GEOMETRY

•      (SLOWER SPEEDS = DECREASE IN CRASH SEVERITY)

•      SHORTER PEDESTRIAN CROSSING WIDTHS

•      (LESS TIME IN STREET = LESS POTENTIAL FOR CRASH)

•      NO ABILITY TO SPEED UP TO “BEAT THE LIGHT”

•      NO RED LIGHT RUNNING

•      DRIVER’S ATTENTION FOCUSED ON ROADWAY, NOT UP AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS

 

HOW TO DRIVE SINGLE LANE ROUNDABOUTS:

•      YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS AT THE ENTERING CROSSWALK

•      YIELD TO TRAFFIC INSIDE THE ROUNDABOUT (LOOK LEFT)

•      YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS AT THE EXITING CROSSWALK

 

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