From the King Lions Notebook – January 2012

WOW!

The New Year of 2012 is off to a flying start!  On Wednesday January 11th we had the pleasure of hosting District Governor Dave Gauch’s visit and the swearing in 5 new Uniontown Lions Members.  Our population is currently at 61.

The Annual Reverse Raffle is in the final stages of the planning session. Always a lot of fun but sadly all 200 tickets are spoken for. As always the contribution of $60.00 per ticket is one of the best bargains around.

Our next bus trip is currently being finalized.  We are going South this time and Canada in the fall – more lately.

The Club donated 180 pair of glasses to a missionary in Swaziland last week.  Same as last year. Our Club has been asked to do a presentation of our eye glass recycling program at the up-coming District Convention being held in Canton on March 16, 17, 18.  Dr Kail is also planning to attend if his schedule allows.

We did deliver 2100 pair of cleaned, repaired, and RX identified to Dr. Kail’s office earlier.  He and his team leave for Honduras on the 27th of this month.  Our thoughts and prayers go with them.

The ‘Adopt a Highway’ program has been approved once again by ODOT.  We are waiting on a safety session from them late February.

Working with the Hartville Lions Club, we join forces to purchase 2 new electronic eye charts, used by the Lake School District, to give eye exams to the K-1-3-5 grade students annually. These gifts will be used in both Uniontown as well as Hartville buildings.

The Annual Spouses Night is being held on February 2ed this year at the Hartville Kitchen. Always a great evening

That’s it for now

King Lion Gary

Here’s a list holiday highway construction zones

Here's a list holiday highway construction zonesYou are far more likely to be involved in a crash the evening before Thanksgiving and the Sunday evening after, according to an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) analysis of Thanksgiving weekend crash data.

The study says vehicular crashes happen more often on those days because more people are traveling for the holiday weekend.

Traffic volumes typically spike nearly 70 percent in Ohio over the five-day holiday travel weekend, said a news release from ODOT.

Last year, Ohio had 3,229 collisions starting Thanksgiving eve through the Sunday evening after the holiday, with 83 injuries and 16 fatalities. The total crashes for the holiday in 2010 rose from the 2009 total.

“Notably, when looking at the total collisions during Thanksgivings from 2006 to 2010, more than half were caused by driver behavior, such as becoming distracted or following too closely,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

To reduce injuries and fatalities, ODOT advises travelers to wear seat belts, leave plenty of room between vehicles, allow extra time for traffic delays, and plan ahead.

Visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org for up-to-the-minute information and a user-friendly map showing work zone locations, traffic congestion alerts, road closures, weather conditions, and Ohio Highway Patrol crash updates. The site updates all day, seven days a week.

Where are the construction projects?

Here is ODOT’s list of major highway construction projects with various lane restrictions across the state:

CENTRAL OHIO

• Interstate 270, Franklin County

Major reconstruction is underway on the southwest side of Franklin County. Three lanes will be maintained in each direction between Roberts Road and Broad Street. One of the three southbound lanes will be a contraflow lane.

For the I-270 project, the contraflow lane begins just south of Roberts and means the left lane of southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound side of the road. A portable barrier wall will separate the southbound contraflow lane and the three northbound lanes.

Motorists traveling southbound who wish to exit at I-70 or Broad Street should stay in the right two lanes of I-270 south. The contraflow lane can be used as an express lane for those who do not wish to exit at I-70 or Broad.

Two lanes will be maintained in each direction between Broad and U.S. Route 62. All ramps will remain open.

The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 55 mph so drivers should allow for extra time for their commute and remain alert since this is a seven mile construction zone.

• Interstate 670/71, Franklin County

Major construction is underway on Interstates 71 and 670 just north of downtown Columbus. Two lanes maintained on I-670 and I-71. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph through the zone. A number of exits to downtown are closed but you can still access I-670 and I-71. Detours are less than three miles and detour and re-routes are signed both on the interstates and city streets. Visit www.odot71670.org for more information.

 WESTERN OHIO

• Interstate 75, West Carrollton, Montgomery County

I-75 in the area of the East Central Avenue and Dixie Drive interchange is under renovation. Motorists will encounter a construction zone in both directions on I-75. Three lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

• Interstate 70, Clark County

I-70 between state Route 72 and U.S. Route 40 is undergoing a lane addition. Motorists will encounter construction zones in both directions on I-70. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

• Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County

I-75 from Main Street to Stanley Avenue and from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth Street has construction zones due to the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

NORTHERN OHIO

• State Route 2, Lorain County

State Route 2 between Baumhart Road and Oak Point Road is restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction as part of a bridge repair project. All lanes of Route 2 are expected to reopen in late Nov. 2011.

 NORTHEASTERN OHIO

• Interstate 90, Lake County

Traffic on I-90 between Paine Road and the Ashtabula County line is shifted utilizing temporary crossovers.  One lane of I-90 eastbound traffic will be using I-90 westbound.

• State Route 2, Lake County

Several projects along state Route 2 are currently underway. Route 2 between Newell Street and the Grand River is restricted to one lane in each direction.

• Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County

The I-90 innerbelt bridge through downtown Cleveland remains open; however, multiple entrance and exit ramps along the downtown corridor are closed or restricted as crews work to construct a new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge. Visit www.Innerbelt.org for more information.

NORTHWESTERN OHIO

• Interstate 475, Lucas County

Expect lane restrictions in both directions on I-475, from I-75 to Monroe Street for reconstruction.   Various ramps are closed within the project. Detours are posted.

• U.S. Route 24, Lucas and Henry counties

U.S. Route 24, from I-475 to Dutch Road is reduced to one lane in each direction. Various roads are closed in Lucas and Henry counties along the new alignment. Detours are posted.

SOUTHERN OHIO

• U.S. Route 52, Scioto County

U.S. 52 is reduced to one lane in each direction from Portsmouth/New Boston to state Route 522 at Wheelersburg, as well as between the state Route 253/Greenup Dam exit and the Lawrence County line for a series of four-lane resurfacing projects. Traffic is being maintained in a minimum of one, 11-foot lane in each direction.

 SOUTHWESTERN OHIO

• Interstate 74, Hamilton County

Replace and widen I-74 structure over state Route 128. While three lanes of traffic are open in each direction, two lanes of westbound I-74 are switched to the eastbound side of the work zone with one lane remaining on the westbound shoulder. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Source: www.transportation.ohio.gov

Officials suggest changes to state Route 619

CantonRep.com staff report

Ohio Route 619The Ohio Department of Transportation has some ideas for improving traffic flow on state Route 619, between Uniontown and Hartville.

The proposed work is subject to change and likely several years from beginning, officials said.

Initial designs were unveiled Thursday night at an open house at the Kaufman Center. ODOT officials and representatives of TranSystem, a company hired to study Route 619 traffic flow, talked with residents.

Rough estimates set the price for improving the four-mile stretch from Cleveland Avenue NW to Prospect Street NW in Hartville at more that $27 million. The projected costs add 12 percent for inflation and another 25 percent for design contingencies.

The designs estimate traffic volume and flow for 2030, said David E. Sicker, a planning engineer for ODOT’s District 4. Plans call for widening the road and creating roundabouts at several intersections.

ODOT officials liked the turnout and the input they received. Sicker acknowledged that everyone wasn’t positive but said ODOT had the event to hear from people who live in the area.

State officials have spent about a year on the project. They have met with local government, school officials and some business owners.

The next step — some time next year — is lining up money to pay for a detailed design. ODOT and the Stark Transportation Improvement District are seeking funds.

The project’s first phase would be widening Route 619 between Kaufman Avenue NW and Milan Avenue in Hartville.

It would be widened to five lanes west of Hartville, where the Hartville Kitchen and Flea Market are located, and a complex to house Hartville Hardware is being built. In the village, the road would remain three lanes, but be improved.

Area residents who attended the meeting saw eight aerial photographs depicting potential changes aimed at improving traffic flow.

Other potential changes:

• Widening Route 619 to four lanes from Cleveland Avenue NW to Kaufman.

• Rebuilding the intersections of Hoover, Kaufman and King Church avenues NW to create roundabouts.

• Creating a roundabout at Market Avenue NW.

• Adding turn lanes at all of the heavily traveled intersections.

• Lengthening existing turn lanes at several intersections.