Concerned Residents Talk Roundabouts at City Council
Two Twinsburg residents spoke to City Council Tuesday night about why they think the proposed construction on SR 91 needs changed
While the project is still years into the future, the idea of implementing roundabouts in busy Twinsburg intersections is sparking resident reaction.
After Thursday’s public open house, some residents weren’t convinced the proposed roundabouts on SR 91 are the best idea. Two residents voiced their displeasure at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, worried the proposed changes would be dangerous and not fix traffic issues
“I propose we build bleachers around our new traffic roundabout and sell tickets to thrill seekers who otherwise have to watch NASCAR races to seek spectacular crashes,” Scott Ruhe said.
The project looks to improve SR 91 starting 200 feet south of Post Road to the northern corporation line at Solon by widening, improving drainage, upgrading existing traffic signals, constructing two roundabouts and constructing new sidewalks along both sides of the roadway, according to a press release from the Department of Engineering
Ruhe, of Belmeadow Drive, told council that he’s done research on the use of roundabouts in other parts of the country and concluded they are inefficient and dangerous. He thinks installing cameras, increased police presence or banning cell phones while driving would be better.
“If we really want to make a difference on our roads, in respect to safety, maybe we should look at other methods,” Ruhe said.
Mike DiCillo, a Palmer Lane resident, said he sees the traffic jams on SR 91 and Glenwood Drive everyday and thinks adding four lanes isn’t necessary.
“I think that we could get by with three lanes,” DiCillo said. “Put a turning lane in there, you could stack cars in the turning lane, and the other two lanes are going free. I don’t see the need to put four lanes in there.”
DiCillo thought format of Thursday’s open house wasn’t very helpful and wished there was more of a presentation to better answer residents’ questions.
“I thought the presentation was very poor,” DiCillo said. “People were milling around. They didn’t know where to go, what do do, or what questions to ask.”
Both City Council and Mayor Katherine Procop agreed the open house format wasn’t as beneficial as it could have been, adding there will be public hearings for this project in the future.
“The open house that was conducted the other night was not a public hearing, it was to display what the possible layout of the project will look like,” Procop said. She said these intersections on SR 91 have been on the Akron Metropolitian Area Traffic Study’s list of congested highways for years.
Procop said they will look at the comments from Thursday’s meeting as well as email comments afterwards, and take them into consideration. She said comments from the meeting were mostly negative, but she’s gotten many emails in favor of the project.
“This is just the beginning phase of it,” Procop said. “When we do these projects, this thing won’t even get under construction until 2017, so we have lots of time to work on it."
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