The Engineering Department is responsible for the preparation of plans and specifications, construction, administration, inspection, and supervision for all infrastructure projects within the City. These projects include work that takes place on City right-of-way and other City owned properties
City engineers and inspectors also approve and inspect all streets and improvements installed by private developers in new residential, industrial, and commercial subdivisions. This work includes the inspection of public utilities to new houses and buildings as well as sewers, drives, grading, and drainage structures which are part of the development.
Personnel from the Engineering Department regulate, or assist in the regulation of FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program, Federal and State environmental regulations, work done by private utilities in public right-of-ways, and traffic engineering.
In addition, the Engineering Department's input is vital to assure that Solon's development is implemented with the vision and strategy necessary to provide for the future needs of the city and its people.
Miscellaneous Engineering Department information...
SOM/Aurora Intersection Improvements
The intersection of SOM Center Road (SR 91) and Aurora Road (SR 43) has experienced heavy traffic volumes, congestion and a high number of vehicular crashes. The heavy congestion at this intersection is due, in part, to the lane arrangement on SOM Center Road. A shared southbound left-through lane on SOM Center Road requires split phasing of the traffic signal which leads to a less efficient signal operation. Aurora Road has high westbound to northbound traffic volumes which required the outer westbound lane to become a dedicated right-turn lane, not fully utilizing the two westbound through acceptance lanes on the opposite approach.
The SOM Center Road/Aurora Road Intersection Improvement Project will add an additional lane on SOM Center Road to eliminate the split phasing of the traffic signal which will allow the intersection to operate more efficiently. The split phasing will be eliminated by an additional southbound lane on SOM Center Road to separate the shared left-through lane. The addition of a westbound right turn lane on Aurora Road to northbound SOM Center Road will allow for the full use of the two westbound through lanes while maintaining a westbound right-turn lane.
The improvements will consist of right of way acquisition; removal and replacement of storm and sanitary structures, laterals and related piping within the project limits; utility coordination and utility pole relocation; new curbing; replacement of affected aprons; widening to accommodate a southbound through lane on SOM Center Road and westbound through lane on Aurora Road; sidewalk relocation; hydrant relocation; streetscaping removal and replacement; traffic sign and signal relocation; restriping; and maintenance of traffic.
Liberty Road (Aurora Road to Bainbridge Road)
Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity
The City of Solon has developed various options for Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity in the section of Liberty Road between Aurora and Bainbridge Roads. All options may require some level additional right-of-way.
Option 1 includes integral bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides, consistent with Pettibone and Bainbridge Roads.
Option 2 includes sidewalks on both sides and no bike lanes.
Option 3 includes bike lanes on both sides and no sidewalks.
Option 4 includes integral bike lanes and sidewalks on the west side only.
Option 5 includes sidewalks on the west side and no bike lanes.
Aurora Road (SR 43) Reconstruction Project
(Solar Shopping Center to Liberty Road)
The Aurora Road Traffic Study is available for viewing. Questions pertaining to the report can be addressed by the Engineering Department.