Portage officials to meet ODOT on light PDF Print E-mail
Written by By DEBBIE ROGERS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 06:55

PORTAGE – The mayor and two citizens hope to make a strong case for keeping the village traffic light when they meet with Ohio Department of Transportation officials later this month.

At Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Mark Wolford said the ODOT meeting was set for Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Citizens Michael Brinkman and Gary Deutschman will also attend.

In May, ODOT representatives told Portage officials to take down the light on Ohio 25 and increase speed limits from 25 and 35 mph to 40 and 55 mph.

Since then, the mayor has campaigned to keep the light, lobbying state, county and school officials for support.

Installing a pedestrian-activated light was suggested by ODOT last month as a compromise, but soundly rejected by village residents at the next council meeting.

Deutschman and Brinkman have done a lot of research, which suggests the village is unique in Northwest Ohio with its four lanes of highway and the proximity of the homes and businesses to the street that restrict vision.

ODOT said the village should take down the light because it does not meet any of the eight warrants in the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. A traffic light has been at the intersection for 80 years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2009 08:28

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