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An Overall Traffic Management Plan. for the Near Northside Historic District proposed by The City of Columbus for adoption by The Spring-Sandusky Interchange Traffic Task Force May 15, 2003. visit and click on the link “May 15 2003 OTMP”. 1/18.

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an overall traffic management plan
AnOverall Traffic Management Plan

for theNear Northside Historic Districtproposed by The City of Columbusfor adoption byThe Spring-Sandusky Interchange Traffic Task ForceMay 15, 2003


and click on the link “May 15 2003 OTMP”



The National Historic Preservation Actrequires that the City of Columbus enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ohio Dept of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Ohio State Historic Preservation Office, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

The Memorandum of Agreementcommits the City of Columbus to work with various neighborhood groups to establish an Overall Traffic Management Plan (OTMP)

The May 15, 2003 OTMPis the final version established through meetings of the SSI Traffic Task Force beginning in January, 2001.

The components of the OTMP arePrinciplesOverall Implementation CommitmentsSpecific Year-by-Year Implementation Commitments


principles of implementation
Principles of Implementation

Features of the OTMP should

  • be historically appropriate;
  • encourage through-traffic to use perimeter routes;
  • reduce combined effects of excessive speed and cut-through traffic;
  • be applied uniformly to avoid unintentional internal shifting of traffic;
  • provide a strong, collective identity to the neighborhoods;
  • be made at key intersections where drivers make decisions;
  • have a high rate of return on investment;
  • increase and encourage full-time, on-street parking;
  • be phased in a fiscally responsible manner;
  • be maintained via clear responsibilities between city/neighborhood;
  • be constructed in basic form by the city and enhanced by neighborhoods;
  • include signage to discourage cut-through truck traffic.


task force recommendations
Task Force Recommendations

The MOA states that the Task Force should provide the following recommendations:

  • a list of priority streets needing immediate mitigation due to ongoing SSI construction activities;
  • a list of street intersections and methodology to evaluate traffic impacts as a result of the completion of SSI;
  • a plan to monitor traffic conditions and truck usage for at least 5 years following the opening of SSI;
  • a method to identify and prioritize traffic patterns that are linked to SSI;
  • an overall traffic management plan (OTMP) using various tools and strategies.


recommendation 1
Recommendation 1

A list of priority streets needing immediate mitigation







Exhibit 7


overall implementation commitments
Overall Implementation Commitments
  • The City of Columbus will provide measures to calm traffic and reduce speed limits on framework and local streets as allowed and prescribed by state and local regulations.
  • The City of Columbus will avoid infrastructure improvements or operational changes to traffic control devices and systems that may conflict with traffic calming and speed limit reduction goals as long as safe vehicular and pedestrian operations are maintained.
  • Following the completion of construction each year, the City of Columbus will monitor and conduct studies of speed, volume, and truck utilization within the neighborhoods to measure the effect of each phase of implementation.


capital improvements 2003
Capital Improvements 2003

Thoroughfare Plan update:Third, King, and Neil

Uniform ban on thru-trucksexcept Fifth Ave, Summit St,Fourth St, & High St

Destination signage for OSU/downtown area

Evaluate 4-way stops on First, Second, & Fourth Aves.

24-hour parking Neil

King Ave: remark with25-hr parking, center turnlane

24 hr parking-Michigan

Bump-outs 4th St.

Gateway-Michigan Ave

Gateway-Park St.

Contract bump-out design

Investigate one-way portion of Hunter near Goodale.

Exhibit 1


capital improvements 2004
Capital Improvements 2004

Goodale St.--24 hr park WB

Third: entry point medianw/EB bumpout

King: entry point medianw/2 bump outs

Neil: entry point medianw/2 bump outs

King: entry point medianw/2 bump outs

Michigan: entry point medianw/2 bumpouts

Neil: entry point NB bump out

Summit: interior bump outeast side at Fifth

Fourth St.: interior bump outwest side at Lincoln

Fifth Ave: interior median west of Perry

Collins: interior crosswalk/medianwest of Neil

Exhibit 2


entry point elements

Stand Alone Sign

Level 1 Bump Out w/Sign




Water drainage is unaffected.

Positioned to create an alcove for

parked cars.

Does not interfere with cross walks.

Emphasizes soil and tree in fill.


Used where space does not permit

a level 1 bump out.

Positioned to inform drivers of entry

into the neighborhood.

Entry Point Elements


interior elements
Interior Elements

Center Island Treatment

Level 2 Bump Out


Located in the normally untraveled

portions of Neil and Fifth Avenues.

Simple soil, tree, and ground cover

in fill.

Provisions for watering should be done

during construction.


Water drainage is unaffected.

Creates an alcove at the beginning of

parking lane.

Does not interfere with cross walks.

Entirely soil, tree, & groundcover in fill

Consistent use throughout interior provides economy of scale, identity.


capital improvements 2005
Capital Improvements 2005

Goodale St.--WB interior bumpouts

Neil: up to 10 interior medians

Study of new side street/framework elements for 2006




Exhibit 3


capital improvements 2006
Capital Improvements 2006

Neil: Continued constructionof interior medians

Neil: interior bumpouts SBbetween Buttles and Collins

King: interior bumpouts

Buttles: interior WB bumpout

Buttles: interior bumpouts

Dennison: interior SB bumpout

Dennison: Interior SB bumpout

Construct new side street/framework elements from2005 study.

Study of new side street/framework elements for 2007


Exhibit 4


capital improvements 2007
Capital Improvements 2007

Review and implement a feasible signing and pavement plan to encourage more full-time parking along one side of Fifth Ave btw High and Summit

Re-mark and change signage on Fifth Ave. between Forsythe and thealley west of High to accommodatetwo through lanes and left turnstorage at signalized intersections. On-street, 24 hour parking will be provided along WB Fifth Ave in this area.

Construct a median and one WB bump-out on Fifth Ave at the alley west of High St.

Construct new side street/framework elements from2006 study.

Study of new side street/framework elements for 2008

Exhibit 5


capital improvements 2008
Capital Improvements 2008

Where feasible, construct 7 medians along Fifth Avenue between Perry and High St following determination by a properly conducted traffic study that the posted speed limit cannot be reduced, pursuant to R.C. Section 4511.21(B) and 9H), or when traffic volumes exceed acceptable levels (as defined in Recommendation 4).

Construction may be divided up into seasons ending in 2009

Construct new side street/framework elements from2007 study.

Study of new side street/framework elements for 2009.

Exhibit 6


recommendation 2
Recommendation 2:

A list of street intersections to evaluate traffic impacts

Exhibit 8


recommendation 3
Recommendation 3:

A plan to monitor traffic conditions and truck usagefor at least five years following the opening of SSI

Speed, volume, and traffic accidents and truck usage will be measured annually at the locations shown in Exhibit 8:

April 2003: Prior to construction of 2003 Implementation Commitments

Sept. 2003: Prior to SSI opening

Nov. 2003: Following opening of SSI

Nov. 2004: Following completion of 2004 Implementation Commitments

Nov. 2005: Following completion of 2005 Implementation Commitments

Nov. 2006: Following completion of 2006 Implementation Commitments

Nov. 2007: Following completion of 2007 Implementation Commitments

Nov. 2008: Following completion of 2008 Implementation Commitments

The Public Service Director will provide a report to the SSI Traffic Task Force summarizing observation at the appointed locations shown in Exhibit 8 (previous slide). The report will be provided to the SSI Traffic Task Force by Dec. 31 each year beginning in 2003.


recommendation 4
Recommendation 4:

A method to identify and prioritize trafficproblems that are linked to SSI

Following completion of a scheduled traffic measurement conducted according to Recommendations 2 and 3, the City of Columbus will analyze the data for tends in traffic volumes, speed, accidents, and truck usage. If increases in these measurements from prior years are encountered, and are a result of the SSI construction, the locations will be further analyzed for possible problems and solutions. Reduction in the same measurements will also be noted. The Traffic Task Force will then recommend solutions to address the traffic problems.

Factors affecting the priority of any problem or its proposed solution include, but are not limited to accident frequency and type; percentage increases in speed, volume, and truck usage; classification of street; width of street; complexity of the solution; and cost of the solution. The City Engineer will prepare a report summarizing the analyses and possible solutions and provide it to the SSI Traffic Task Force by March 31 each year beginning in 2004.


recommendation 5
Recommendation 5:

An overall traffic management plan usingvarious tools and strategies

The actions proposed in Recommendations 1 - 4 contained herein comprise the overall traffic management plan, which satisfies the Memorandum of Agreement.

The City of Columbus with consultation from the SSI Traffic Task Force reserves the right to utilize any traffic mitigation tool and strategy included in the Principles of Implementation contained herein. Furthermore, various publications may be consulted when formulating various tools and strategies including, but not limited to the December 2001 Final Recommendations Report prepared by Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart, Inc.