ODOT announces traffic plans for East Market Street

HOWLAND — The Ohio Department of Transporation released plans Monday that would make left turns possible from the state Route 82 east exit ramp to East Market Street.

The proposal is to install a traffic signal and a concrete median to separate the eastbound East Market Street into a left turn lane and a through lane, according to the state agency.

There are also plans to remove the westbound ramp and westbound Warren Sharon Road ramp / merge lane onto East Market Street and realign westbound Warren Sharon Road so it will end at the traffic light on East Market Street.

Drivers traveling west on Warren Sharon Road will only be able to make a right onto East Market Street, like they can now, said Justin Chesnic, spokesman for ODOT District 4.

Construction, which ODOT plans to begin in spring, should take about six months. The project is estimated to cost $801,500, Chesnic said.

East Market Street east at Warren Sharon Road and Route 82 will be closed for about 30 days so the existing eastbound East Market Street lanes can be reconfigured, the release states.

Warren Sharon Road at East Market Street and Route 82 will also be closed for about 30 days so the westbound ramp / merge lane can be removed and realigned with the westbound Warren Sharon Road, the release states.

It has not yet been determined if the closures will happen at the same time.

ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed project, the release states. Any comments should be submitted by Oct. 9.

This project isn’t related to the projects planned in 2023 where ODOT plans to make state Routes 82 and 46 into a diverging diamond interchange, Chesnic said.

“This is just helping traffic at this interchange,” Chesnic said.