ODOT District 4
The routing of Interstate 77 through downtown Canton produced substandard curves and did not provide adequate levels of service for current traffic conditions. In addition, no improvements had been made to the roadway for over a decade. This segment of I-77 carries approximately 86,000 vehicles and 8,000 trucks per day and was expected to increase by 12% over the next 20 years.
Following a traffic analysis and the completion of the Environmental Documents, CT Consultants was also retained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide services for the Final Development Phase of the project. CT Consultants planned and designed the $60,000,000 urban modernization of Interstate 77 which involved safety and accessibility improvements along 2.5 miles of the highway system through urban Canton, Ohio. Designed in 1958 to handle 23,000 vehicles daily, this stretch of highway now handles over 90,000 vehicles daily and had ranked third in the state for death and injury rates before the improvements.
Improvements included the addition of a third lane in each direction, local road and utility improvements, highway lighting, fourteen bridge replacements, 0.7 miles of retaining walls, 2 miles of noise barriers, and eight traffic signals.