Even though there wasn't any legislation about the State Route 91 project Tuesday night, Twinsburg City Council still spent plenty of time discussing the issue.
At the end of the meeting At-Large Councilman Gary Sorace made a motion to to hold the project and consider other options. However, only he and Ward 2 Councilman Bob McDermott voted for it.
“The longer we continue to head in this direction, I think we sending the message that it is a done deal,” Sorace said. "Let’s show them what the other options are."
Phase I of the project would widen SR 91 from Post Road to Glenwood Drive and construct a roundabout at the Glenwood intersection.
Sorace said he has only heard from two residents in favor of the roundabouts, and continues to hear from people who oppose it.
“I still have yet to hear of people who are adamently in favor of having this roundabout,” Sorace said.
While the roundabout is the preferred option moving forward, it's not the only one that is being looked at. Mayor Katherine Procop said she is just waiting to hear from council if they wish to plan for the roundabout at SR 91 and Glenwood Drive, or the other possibility of widening the road and expanding the intersection.
“There’s only two options,” Council President Ted Yates said, referring to either a roundabout or for a turn signal intersection.
However, Procop feels the roundabout, while more controversial, is the safer option.
“Safety is the number one issue and that’s why I believe we should move forward with it,” Procop said.
Recently Procop, along with Ward 4 Councilwoman Maureen Stauffer, Ward 1 Councilman Sam Scaffide and Engineer Amy Mohr visited a similar roundabout in the city of Green to see how well it works.
“The conditions basically mirror exactly what we have," Procop said including a fire station on the corner and a high school near the roundabout. They said there were buses and semi trucks driving with no problems. Even high school students walking the roundabout with no issues.
Procop said Green's engineer experienced “great resistance” when the roundabout was first built, but it has gone over so well, they are planning on building a second with little opposition.
Scaffide said he was even more convinced about the positives of a roundabout after his visit to Green.
“Never once did i feel threatened or in danger by traffic while walking through the roundabout,” Scaffide said.
No money has been spent for engineering on Phase I and it hasn’t been authorized yet, Procop said. There is no deadline set and Mohr is trying to see how long before the city loses funding.
“This is a slow moving process,” Yates said. “We’re not bringing bulldozers next week.”