FINDLAY, Ohio — A project in Findlay that began as an effort to add new bike lanes has grown to make a stretch of busy road safer for everyone.

While moving on to the next step of Findlay's plan to establish more bike lanes and bike paths throughout the city, a problem was discovered.

While studying Blanchard Street between Tiffin Avenue and 6th Street to build a bike lane that would connect to Emory Adams Park, the portion was discovered to have a higher number of vehicular accidents because of its engineered lane configuration and traffic.

In order to solve the problem, the city decided to apply for two grants and it was awarded both a Transportation Alternative Grant and an Ohio Department of Transportation safety grant.  

Now, from Tiffin Ave down to 6th street, the new Blanchard Street will not only feature two 5-foot bike lanes in each direction, but traffic will be redistributed to one lane of traffic each direction. Additionally, left turn lanes will be installed at all intersections. 

The new turn lanes will also mean new traffic light patterns, which is expected to improve safety. 

"There's five intersections that have traffic signals. The traffic signals are being upgraded, the pedestrian buttons are being updated that don't meet current standards, all of the pedestrian curb ramps that aren't up to current ADA standards are going to be replaced as part of the project," said Findlay director of Public Services Brian Thomas

The planning for this project needs to be completed by the end of this year and the goal is to get it out for construction bid early in 2020.