Tusc. St. W. Corridor Safety Project
The Tuscarawas Street West Corridor Safety Project is a revitalization initiative that aims to enhance safety, mobility, and livability along a 0.7-mile section of Tuscarawas Street West, also known as historic Lincoln Highway.
The City of Canton is transforming this congested, high-crash corridor by implementing a series of improvements to support continuous traffic flow, enhance safe multimodal and community connections, and create pedestrian and bicycle-friendly accommodations.
The project corridor encompasses Aultman Hospital, the 120-year-old St. Joseph’s Church, entrances to disadvantaged neighborhoods, and commercial destinations within Canton’s largest retail district.
Working with project stakeholders and listening to the needs to the community, the team established these goals:
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- Tuscarawas Street West is one of the top crash corridors in Ohio and the worst pedestrian crash corridor in Canton.
- Transit users experience substandard wait times at the existing eight bus stops. These stops also lack shelters and benches and contain lighting that is inconsistent or inadequate.
- The project area is surrounded by historically disadvantaged neighborhoods that experience inadequate access to regional destinations.
- Access to Aultman Hospital is confusing, with drivers often navigating through residential streets to reach the hospital campus.
- The stormwater system has insufficient capacity, leading to periodic flooding along portions of the corridor, including near Aultman Hospital.
- Landscaped and raised medians to replace middle two-way left turn lane
- Enhanced crosswalks with pedestrian signals
- Two roundabouts with pedestrian crossings. See below.
- 8-foot-wide multiuse path and 5-foot-wide sidewalk with lighting
- Bus stop improvements (new pull-offs, signage, benches, etc.)
- Mainline sewer system replacement
- More greenspace and increased tree canopy
- Water main replacement
- Stormwater improvements
About the Roundabouts
Two new roundabouts will help address existing safety issues by eliminating lane changes, reducing conflict points, and lowering vehicle speeds along the corridor. The roundabouts will also improve mobility by increasing capacity and minimizing stop-and-go movements. Below is an illustration of their benefits and features:
*Schedule subject to change. Traffic will be maintained throughout construction.
Jim Benekos, P.E., PSCanton City Engineer
Nicholas J. Loukas, P.E.Project Engineer