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State Route 7 (Broad Street) Improvement Project

We are writing to advise you that the City of Conneaut, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), is proposing improvements to 0.18 miles of State Route 7 (Broad Street) from US 20 (State Street) to just north of the railroad underpass in the City of Conneaut, Ashtabula County (see attached project area map).

Proposed improvements include:

  • Replacing the current road with new concrete pavement.
  • Replacing the traffic signal at the intersection of Broad Street and State Street.
  • Making the pedestrian crossings at Broad Street & State Street and Broad Street & Madison Street more accessible with decorative brick crosswalks and new ADA curb ramps.
  • Implementing a "Road Diet" on Broad Street between Madison Street and Jackson Street. The number of lanes will be reduced from 4 to 2 by changing the way the road is marked/painted. The actual road width will stay the same as existing so that it can still be used for the annual Soap Box Derby.
  • Adding special markings (“sharrows”) to the lanes to help cyclists share the road with cars. This will make it safer for cyclists going from the downtown area to the bike lanes north of Jackson Street.
  • Making improvements to the drainage system.
  • Installing new signs and decorative lights. The lights and poles will match the style of other projects completed in the city recently.

At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout construction. Driveways near and within the construction area will be accessible throughout construction as well. Environmental studies are still ongoing. Right of way is anticipated to be needed for the project. If right-of-way is required from your property, you will be contacted directly to discuss the effect on your property and explain the acquisition process. Some impacts to utilities are also expected. Construction is expected to begin Fall of 2024 and last approximately 12 months.

This is the first phase of two phases of improvements. The second phase will continue the improvements from the northern limits of this project (just north of the railroad bridge) to Jackson Street (see attached project area map). The second phase will be completed with additional funding that the city is working on securing. 

Although the project is being split into two phases, the proposed pavement markings/signage for the first phase will extend to Jackson Street.

Why is a Road Diet Being Considered?

A “Road Diet” is recommended for this area because of the low traffic volumes and crashes. On average, about 6,718 cars use this road each day, and during the busiest hour in 2044, 739 cars are expected. According to the Federal Highway Administration, when there are fewer than 20,000 cars a day and less than 1,500 cars anticipated during the busiest hour in the future design year, it's a good candidate for a Road Diet.

Crash data shows that between 2019 and 2023, there were three crashes in this area. These crashes involved cars sideswiping each other, cars colliding at an angle, and cars rear-ending each other. A Road Diet can help reduce these types of accidents.

The Road Diet will reduce the number of lanes, which will make it less likely for cars to weave between lanes, travel at different speeds, or get into conflicts. With fewer lanes, there will be fewer opportunities for crashes, and will make it safer for pedestrians and for vehicles turning onto the road from side streets and driveways.

Public Comments Requested

We welcome your questions and comments. To ensure the proposed project is viable and successful, The City of Conneaut and ODOT are seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project.  Issues you may wish to comment on include, but are not limited to, the effect of the project on residents, air quality, the local economy, floodplains, and historic or cultural resources. To ensure your comments may be considered during project development, please submit them no later than January 27, 2024, via the information below.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. The Ohio Department of Transportation is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.