Hull was chosen to perform an extensive traffic analysis to determine the feasibility of the changes and an optimal solution for this important roadway and bridge improvement plan for the City of Newark.
The primary piece of the project is the replacement of the bridge that carries SR 13 (Fourth Street) over SR 16 in downtown Newark. It is critical to allow two way traffic over the bridge to improve traffic flow through downtown. The secondary challenge was changing traffic flow on surface roads in the vicinity of the project including Church St., Fourth St., Locust St., and Third St.
This project was a critical project for the City of Newark and ODOT District 5. It was funded through LCATS (Licking County Area Transportation Study) along with a sizable local contribution and is a highly visible and important project for downtown Newark and many of the businesses and citizens of the downtown area.
The project area is full of public utilities and existing city infrastructure. Hull worked with the utilities department to determine improvements and upgrades that could be made in the area as part of, or in conjunction with, this project. New water and sewer lines and a combined sewer separation were integrated into the design as a result.
Jim Roberts, PE