When the new Springfield Regional Medical Center opened at Plum and North Streets in downtown Springfield, Ohio, patients, visitors and staff had an easier time getting there, because of roadway improvements to U.S. Route 40 (North Street).
LJB designed the relocation and reconstruction of the 0.4-mile stretch of three-lane, one-way roadway to consolidate the intersection of North Street and Columbia Street with Lowry Avenue to form a four-leg intersection of North Street/Columbia Street and Lowry Avenue/proposed hospital access.
All aspects of this project were designed with the medical center in mind: entry configuration, storm sewer coordination, milling and overlay operations and maintenance of traffic. Right-of-way design included consolidating 60 parcels, alley and roadway vacations and a roadway dedication plat.
The timing of the design process was critical in order to accommodate the grand opening of the hospital. LJB coordinated closely with the utility companies and the hospital’s contractor to ensure that there were no complications during construction. In the end, LJB was able to meet the design requirements outlined by ODOT, stay within the project limits, have no exceptions to the design and advance the schedule by almost a full year while accommodating ODOT’s normal review process.