|Perrysburg Township discussion on intersections comes to a crossroads|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 14 December 2013 09:22|
LIME CITY - Perrysburg Township trustees heard an update Wednesday on two intersections as township and city officials continue discussing options to improve safety.
Trustee Gary Britten shared details from a meeting earlier in the week, the second multi-agency session to weigh changes to Scheider Road at Ohio 199 and the intersection of Roachton and Hull Prairie roads.
The latest session involved the city and township as well as school representatives and Ohio Department of Transportation officials. Britten said the results of a traffic study of Roachton and Hull Prairie, funded by the city, the township and the Wood County Engineer's Office for $5,700, showed no cause to install a four-way stop or traffic signal there. Britten said there is simply not enough traffic on Hull Prairie to suggest a change at that intersection, which has experienced increased traffic crashes, some of them fatal.
"The only thing that it does show that would be warranted in the near future would be a roundabout," he said.
Wood County Engineer Ray Huber reportedly suggested installing lighted stop signs. Britten, who is also superintendent of the county highway garage, said the signs, at $1,300 apiece, are an expensive option that wouldn't necessarily solve the problem. Drivers on Hull Prairie are stopping at the intersection, he said, but are possibly not seeing other traffic, as opposed to not knowing they're required to stop. Also, a stop on Roachton would likely cause traffic to back up too much.
The study won't be fully complete for another two to three months.
Separately, plans have been discussed to close Scheider at Ohio 199. The road is used mostly for those going to either the Toledo Islamic Center or soccer fields on undeveloped school land in the area. An extension of Carronade Drive is planned to replace Scheider as a thoroughfare, and ODOT has proposed a roundabout be installed at 199 and Roachton, but not until 2016.
The school district is working on a plan to construct a new building to alleviate crowded schools, and Britten said that only one of 13 proposals involve the 199 property, according to Treasurer Matt Feasel.
Britten said another meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9, when a decision on the future of Scheider Road could be made.
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