BG may do traffic study at Wooster & Haskins PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:26
A car moves east along W. Wooster St. at the intersection of Haskins Rd. in Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A West Wooster Street resident's concerns about pedestrian safety has prompted Bowling Green officials to consider a traffic study of the Wooster Street-Haskins Road intersection.
Wayne Barbour, of 608 W. Wooster St., told BG City Council Monday night that over the past 15 years he has witnessed increased vehicular traffic on Wooster Street and the problems it presents for pedestrians of all ages.
"I would like to see the city study the feasibility of a three-way stop at Haskins and Wooster," Barbour said.
"There are two day care centers (on Wooster Street and Gorrell Avenue). There is a lot of foot traffic. People with strollers and bicycles. Sometimes people wait five minutes to get across Wooster Street," Barbour said.
He said traffic approaching from the west tends to speed up coming around the curve at Haskins. " Eberly (Avenue) at a half-block east of the curve gives drivers less than one second to get out of the way. At Meeker (Street), it's four seconds. Even the letter carrier has to run across the street. The street is busy all of the time."
There is no marked crosswalk on Wooster from Church Street to Wintergarden Road, a distance of a little over one mile. The speed limit for most of that distance is 35 mph, dropping to 25 mph near Maple Street. No one seemed to know how long it has been since the last traffic study for the intersection, but recalled that the study didn't find the number of accidents or other incidents that supported taking action.
"I would really hate to see anything happen. I think we have seen the four-way stop at Wooster and Wintergarden has made a tremendous difference," Barbour said.
At-Large Council rep Bruce Jeffers, who lives on Meeker, said he was aware of the traffic issue. Because Wooster is a state route (Ohio 64) Jeffers said the city "has some hoops to jump through" and the police chief has told him the number of accidents is not high. "It might be worthy of another look."
At that point, council went on with its business.
As council was about to adjourn, Fourth Ward rep Greg Robinette mentioned that citizen concerns were why the city took another look at the Conneaut-Haskins intersection a few years ago and installed a four-way stop. "I agree with his (Barbour's) observations. I think it would be prudent for council to ask the municipal administrator to initiate a study," Robinette said.
Municipal Administrator John Fawcett said the staff would "talk internally and coordinate and talk with ODOT. We can't do it just because it feels right. We will have to meet the warrants on such things as traffic counts and accidents. There are also other areas that might make a difference."
The warrants Fawcett was referring too are in the Ohio Department of Transportation's Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Devices such as stop signs, traffic signal or speed limits are warranted when studies reach levels in the manual.
Council also:
• Approved legislation adopting amended policy and procedures manuals for the Housing Revolving Loan Fund Program and the Community Development Block Grant Housing Program.

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