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Avon, North Ridgeville disagree on how to plan roundabout project

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The cities of Avon and North Ridgeville can’t agree on the roundabout at Mill and Lear Nagle roads, delaying the proposal as both cities move to other projects.

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and North Ridgeville Safety Service Director Jeff Armbruster both said the cities still are communicating and are not at a standstill, but they disagree on how to plan the project.

Jensen said it was his understanding that Avon would take the lead on the project because of its location. North Ridgeville Mayor David Gillock said it’s fine if Avon leads the planned roundabout, but he wants to use North Ridgeville’s regular engineering firm, American Structurepoint Inc.

Armbruster said Structurepoint, an Indianapolis-based firm, has a lot of experience doing roundabouts and that is why it is the city prefers it. He said the roundabout is not off the table, but it may get done at a later date.

Jensen and Armbruster both said they agree that something needs to be done at the intersection and that a roundabout would work well, but they moved to other planned projects when the disagreement arose.

North Ridgeville moved to seek approval from City Council to plan a roundabout at Alternate Route 83 and Chestnut Ridge Road, as Armbruster said traffic backs up almost to Route 10 during rush hour.

City Council approved $41,000 for Structurepoint to design and estimate the cost for the other roundabout, but it has not yet approved the project’s grant money, instead moving it to a committee for further discussion.

Jensen said that he is hesitant to spend Avon’s tax dollars on the engineering firm without first exploring other options. He said Avon is all for the roundabout, but city officials aren’t willing to relinquish the lead on the project.

Officials from both cities said the discussions are not off the table and the project will get done, it’s just a matter of how it gets done.

Armbruster said there is no animosity between the communities and he looks forward to working with Avon.

Gillock is on vacation, but he said he’s willing to discuss and try to move forward when he returns, a sentiment that Jensen echoed.

“Mayor Gillock has my cell phone number,” he said. “ … I don’t think anything should stand between us.”

The two cities previously worked together on a roundabout at state Route 83 and Mills Road, which was completed in 2017.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or lyost@chroniclet.com.


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