1. Safety Committee July Meeting
  2. Village Council Late July Meeting
  3. Parks Commission August Meeting

Arch Support

Watch as the crew from Great Lakes Construction installs the second of thirteen cement arches that will form the southern barrel of Chagin Falls’ North Main Street Bridge.

This time-lapse video shows an arch being lifted from a flat-bed truck and lowered into position beneath the bridge.

Disappointing news from the Grove Hill Park Commission meeting this morning. With no bids solicited and no contract awarded, the half-finished projects from 2023 won’t even be able to start until the second half of this year, putting the construction of the actual park at risk.

More Delays for Grove Hill Park

More Delays for Grove Hill Park

With no bids solicited and no contract awarded, the half-finished projects from 2023 won’t even be able to start until the second half of this year, putting the construction of the actual park at risk.

The Grove Hill Park Commission met this morning, where it was announced by Chair Nancy Rogoff that bids for the remaining work to repair the Cottage Street retaining wall and planting to stabilize the adjacent hillsides would not be released until June of this year. Plans for this work were developed, approved, and budgeted for 2023. Part of the wall repair work was completed in the fall of 2023, until it stopped due to the weather.

Yesterday’s Crash at East Orange, North, and Mill Streets

Some progress has been made at the intersection of East Orange, North, and Mill Streets, but it’s still too dangerous for drivers and especially pedestrians.

I’d been working on a follow-up post to my analysis of the intersection at Orange north and Mill Street. I stopped to watch traffic a few times and take video of some of what I’ve seen since July, when the village made some changes. The conclusion I reached so far is that – while cutting back the overgrowth at the northeast corner has improved visibility for drivers and walkers – driver behavior has not really changed for the better. Many drivers are still speeding through this area, not using turn signals, not stopping at the sign, and rolling straight into the crosswalk. All four of these videos were during a five-minute period around lunch time. Only one driver came to a complete stop, and from what I’ve seen I believe it only gets worse during rush periods.

An Analysis of the Intersection of East Orange, North, and Mill Streets

I look into some of the factors that make this intersection dangerous for pedestrians and propose a couple of design changes to make it safer.

A top down view of the intersection

This is the intersection of East Orange, North, and Mill Streets in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The speed limit on all three streets is 25 mph. There is a single crosswalk on Mill Street connecting the eastern sidewalk on North Street to the south (and only) sidewalk on Mill Street. This sidewalk flows uninterrupted to the southern sidewalk on East Orange Street. Within 500 feet of this intersection you’ll find a library, a church, a preschool, a village park, a walking trail, an arboretum, the Chagrin River, and about a dozen residences. We are reviewing this intersection in response to residents’ concerns regarding the safety of the pedestrian crosswalk and the intersection in general. We also anticipate increased vehicle traffic at this intersection during the impending Main Street bridge construction.

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