BY MIKE McCARTHY | MIRROR EDITOR — Following through on a promise to make Maumee a friendlier place for pedestrians, runners and cyclists, city officials have announced plans to renovate and resurface Detroit Avenue this summer with the inclusion of a new 10-foot-wide multiuse path, new ADA-compliant ramps and an upgraded street crossing at the intersection of Carew Lane.
The city plans to completely renovate the .6-mile stretch of Detroit Avenue from the intersection of Scott Street and River Road to the new cul-de-sac area near Parkway Plaza.
For decades, Detroit Avenue was a through street from River Road to the Anthony Wayne Trail, but it was converted to a cul-de-sac street last year as one of the stipulations required to facilitate the Anthony Wayne Trail’s revitalization project in Maumee by improving traffic safety and streamlining the efficiency of signals at intersections to enhance the flow of traffic.
Under this plan, the installation of the traffic signal at the intersection of Town Street and the Anthony Wayne Trail, near Parkway Plaza, was completed in exchange for the elimination of Detroit Avenue’s access to the Anthony Wayne Trail.
An extensive Anthony Wayne Trail traffic safety study, ordered by previous Maumee city administrator John Jezak, was released in April of 2017. The 40-page report was produced by The Mannik & Smith Group with input from the Maumee Police Division. Three years of traffic accident statistics were compiled for each of the intersections of the Anthony Wayne Trail from Ford Street to Detroit Avenue.
The report was critical of the Detroit Avenue intersection at the Anthony Wayne Trail, stating “The Detroit Avenue and Anthony Wayne Trail intersection has a skewed alignment that creates difficulty in lane configurations and in seeing traffic at this complex intersection, and the very wide layout of the intersection (as it is a bridge over the Ohio Turnpike) creates inefficiencies in signal timing/phasing for clearance times and in servicing four legs of the intersection.”
The report went on to recommend the elimination of the south leg of Detroit Avenue from the intersection, saying, “The proposed new signalized access to the Parkway Plaza shopping center, consolidated with the Town Drive access (constructed and funded by others) will allow for the closure of the south leg of the intersection of the Anthony Wayne Trail and Detroit Avenue.”
“Traffic using the south leg of the intersection will simply divert to the new signalized intersection [at Town Street],” the report stated. “The change will allow for more efficient traffic signal operations with fewer phases and redistributed split times,” the report concluded.
The report also revealed that over a three-year period (2013-2105) the intersection of Detroit Avenue and the Anthony Wayne Trail produced a total of 39 accidents, with 10 of those resulting in either an injury or a fatality. On page 35 of the report, a chart offered a projection of 1.78 fewer crashes per year at the intersection if the the southern portion of Detroit Avenue’s access to the Anthony Wayne Trail was permanently closed.
With the Town Street traffic signal fully operational and the southern portion of Detroit Avenue now ending in a cul-de-sac near Parkway Plaza, the city’s plan for Detroit Avenue was reimagined with the inclusion of the multiuse trail which will also serve as a component of the more extensive multiuse trail system that is being built this year along the Anthony Wayne Trail.
The $615,024 project is being partially funded by the federal government in the form of a Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) in the amount of $365,520. The grant funding will be administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for this project.
Maumee’s $249,504 portion of the project will be financed through the city’s B Fund, which is specifically earmarked for capital improvement projects within the city.
Maumee capital projects manager Matthew J. Miles, who is overseeing the project, notified the affected business and property owners in the area last week with the following letter:
Plans are underway to reconstruct Detroit Avenue from the north entrance of Parkway Plaza to the intersection of Detroit Avenue, Scott Street and River Road.
The city of Maumee is working in coordination with the Ohio Department of Transportation on the project, which calls for the following:
• Narrowing the street to two lanes.
• Installing a series of island dividers between what is now the turn lane and the southbound lane.
• Implementing access control to some driveways on Detroit Avenue.
• Converting the remaining pavement to a 10-foot-wide multiuse path.
• Repairing and resurfacing the road.
• Ensuring that all pedestrian ramps in the project area meet the Americans With Disability Act standards.
• Upgrading the street crossing at Detroit Avenue and Carew Lane.
The project will likely commence between the months of July and September and will take three to four months to complete. The start date is contingent on the timeline of the Surface Transportation Block Grant, which is the federally funded grant supporting a substantial portion of the project’s cost.
Throughout the construction process, traffic will be reduced to one lane traveling south; however, access to all residential properties and businesses will be maintained.
Project information and updates, including a detour map, are available on the project website: https://maumee.org/public-notice-detroit-avenue-resurfacing/.
To ensure a successful project, your input is needed and your opinion matters. Feel free to submit your comments regarding the proposed project and its possible effect on issues such as health, air quality, the local economy, etc. To ensure consideration during project development, your comments should be submitted by Friday, February 16. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Matthew J. Miles
Capital Projects Manager
400 Conant St., Maumee, OH 43537