The Mailbag: Will there be a turn lane added to Rye Beach Road and Ohio 2?

Q: Are there any plans to add a left turn signal on northbound Rye Beach Road, getting on westbound Ohio 2 in Huron? Rye Beach Road has two northbound lanes, one of which could be turned into a left-turn lane. It seems the only the costs would be installing signals and programming the cycle of the lights. Anyone who has tried to turn left across this intersection between noon and 6:30 pm knows that for the most part, you have to run the light to get on U.S. Route 2. –Chase on Camp Street
Alex Aspacher
Jan 15, 2012

 

 Q: Are there any plans to add a left turn signal on northbound Rye Beach Road, getting on westbound Ohio 2 in Huron? Rye Beach Road has two northbound lanes, one of which could be turned into a left-turn lane. It seems the only the costs would be installing signals and programming the cycle of the lights. Anyone who has tried to turn left across this intersection between noon and 6:30 pm knows that for the most part, you have to run the light to get on U.S. Route 2. –Chase on Camp Street

A: Thanks for asking Chase. Your plan seems to have some support. I called Steve Didelot, Huron's street foreman, who said someone contacted him with the same concern within the last week. He told me city officials will discuss the issue at a safety meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today. 

Three other items will also be evaluated at the meeting, said clerk of council Christine Gibboney. The left turn lane on Rye Beach Road will be introduced and discussed, but it is not officially on the agenda. Gibboney said officials at the meeting will probably order further investigation before deciding whether to modify the intersection. Anyone who would like to discuss or support the safety issue or others may attend the meeting at City Hall.

 

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Comments

trafficman

A protected left turn here would be beneficial. Timing patters would have to be changed. The biggest obsticle is getting ODOT on board. I do believe they have the final say since it involves a state route.

SarahTonin

That is a very strange intersection. Driving north on Rye Beach Road, from route 2, you will find three lanes of traffic. Two lanes are marked as left turn only lanes. That is bad because traffic heading toward Sandusky on route 6 has to quickly merge and It is a very contentious piece of roadway as you have a mix of vacationers going to Cedar Point and guys that are in a hurry and speed up and cut in .. it's a wonder that someone hasn't been seriously injured. Then, at the light, the right turn lane shares duty with traffic wishing to go straight. So someone wishing to go straight holds up all right turn on red traffic.

If I might make a suggestion, the left most lane should be a left turn lane. The middle should be straight through traffic and the right lane should be right turn only. That would eliminate the problem with straight through traffic holding up right turners. It would also keep the type A personalities from from possibly causing a bad accident at the merge point, in front of Subway. The center lane for left turners isn't helping with the volume anyway because all traffic going west from that intersection crawls to a snails pace due to the merging traffic.

A left turn traffic control light would be an excellent idea to efficiently move the heavier Cedar Point traffic in a timely and safe manner.

bayshore

The Mailbag question is referring to the entrance to the Rt 2 bypass.

Sarah Tonin is referencing the Cleveland Rd/Rt 6 intersection north of the bypass.

I drove through both intersections this past weekend and agree with the concerns mentioned for each location.

mesickbanddad

Not only is it a terribly poor layout northbound at both Rt. 2 and Cleveland Rd, the southbound end of the overpass is a joke as well.  A single lane WITH a left turn arrow but no left turn lane on to Rt. 2 eastbound.  It is almost as if whoever installed the lights put them up at the wrong ends of the bridge.  Seems to me some traffic engineer had his head up a dark area when this whole section of road was laid out.