One of Solon's busiest intersections will be widened and improved thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The $2.5 million project would widen SOM Center Road at Aurora Road, and is expected to begin in state budget year 2014 and finish in 2015.
The work would allow cars on SOM Center Road turning left onto Aurora Road from both directions to turn at the same time, thus speeding up the wait at the intersection. Right now, SOM Center is not wide enough to accomodate both left-hand turns to occur simultaneously, said Engineer John Busch.
"That takes a lot of time for the overall operation of the intersection," Busch has told the public works committee.
The city of Solon would be responsible to pay for $700,000 of the work, with the state picking up the rest of the tab.
The Ohio Department of Transportation identified the intersection as "a high crash location" back in 2007. The city has taken steps since then to improve the road safety in the area by eliminating access points to the road and recalibrating the traffic signal.