Heisley Road had been experiencing traffic congestion due a combination of overall growth and development in the City of Mentor along with traffic conflicts with the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail crossings. The City prepared a plan to widen/realign, create railroad grade separations and provide drainage improvements to a 1.25 mile section of Heisley Road for the purpose of increasing traffic capacity, eliminating vehicle/train conflicts and improving emergency vehicle access to the area.
This $10,350,000 federally funded LPA project stretches from Jackson Street north to Hendricks Road. The roadway width was expanded from one lane in each direction to two lanes in each direction with turn lanes at the intersections and five foot sidewalks. The project also included six intersections, four of which required traffic signals, two bridges and retaining walls. Additionally, the construction of the railroad grade separations required the excavation and transport of over 400,000 cubic yards of soil to create the necessary embankments.
The Heisley Road Railroad Grade Separation is the recipient of an Honor Award in the 2007 Engineering Excellence Awards presented by ACEC of Ohio.