|Lime City/Buck Road intersection discussed again|
|Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 01 March 2013 10:37|
ROSSFORD -¬† City Council Monday gave first reading to an ordinance to join an effort to again study the intersection of Lime City and Buck roads near Penta Career Center.
Councilman Robert Ruse said that new traffic counts indicate earlier counts, based on projections overestimated the number of cars that go through the intersection.
The city paid to complete a new traffic count which have been sent to the state to be certified. That could take 120 days, city Administrator Ed Ciecka said.
If it finds less traffic, the scale of the project could be scaled back, Ruse said, though he didn't know by how much.
Rossford rejected a plan earlier this year that would have meant construction of a roundabout at the intersection as well as a second roundabout at the entrance of Penta Career Center on Buck Road.
Councilman Greg Marquette said he was upset that the city went ahead and paid for the traffic counts given council's earlier rejection of the project.
Several other councilman, however, said their rejection was always posited on the idea that if new ideas arose, they would consider them.
Councilwoman Caroline Eckel, who supported the roundabout at the intersection, said the city needs to look seriously at working with Perrysburg Township, Penta, TMACOG and Wood County with a federal air quality grant to address the problems at the intersection. If a cooperative effort fails, she said, the city may end up picking up the whole tab for the job when the intersection fails.
Penta has increased its contribution to the program to $150,000 and the land needed on its corner of the project. Earlier its contribution was up to $150,000 with the cost of the land included in that total.
Rossford's share¬† of the cost would be securing the rest of the right of way for the project. The right of way for the northeast corner were secured when McDonald's built on that corner. That leaves two corners to secure.
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