To roundabout or not to roundabout — the topic came up again at North Ridgeville’s City Council for a proposed roundabout at Alternate state Route 83 and Chestnut Road on Monday night.
Council debated the idea in a committee meeting. Representatives from American Structurepoint Inc., the engineering firm that conducted a study on the proposed roundabout, said it would help ease traffic congestion, particularly during rush hours.
The latest cost estimate for the proposed Alternate state Route 83 project came in at about $700,000, and the grant money would cover about $350,000.
Previously, residents had voiced concerns that the roundabout would push traffic through at a faster rate and then back up at Route 83 and Chestnut, which wouldn’t solve traffic issues, just push it farther out.
Mike Raubenolt, project development director with American Structurepoint, said the roundabout would slow down traffic, instead of the current direct flow at Route 83 and Chestnut, which would prevent a traffic backup.
Residents still were concerned about the possible project. One asked why the city wanted to spend the money for a traffic problem that only occurs a couple times in the day for about an hour.
Mayor David Gillock said the proposed roundabout would be the Ohio Public Works grant-funded project for 2020. With the Mills and Lear Nagle roundabout pushed back due stalled conversations with the city of Avon, the city moved to Alternate state Route 83 roundabout.
Gillock said they’re still discussing the possible Mills and Lear Nagle project with Avon, but they won’t be done or ready in time for the Ohio Public Works’ September deadline.
A resident reminded Council that some of them were up for election this year, and they should be mindful of their fiscal responsibility.
Councilmen Dennis Boose and Bruce Abens have elections in November. Councilman Gregg Westover will not return to his seat, and will be replaced. Council President Kevin Corcoran is running to replace Gillock as mayor.
Council voted to send the proposed roundabout out of committee and to the next Council meeting. It passed with only Councilwoman Michelle Hung voting no, and the issue will return to Council for three readings before they take a vote.
Hung has opposed the roundabout and has said it’s not a good use of taxpayer dollars.
Because of the delay with Avon, the replacement of Mills Road bridge over French Creek also was delayed to spring 2021 from spring 2020.
North Ridgeville received a grant for the bridge project from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Municipal Bridge Program, which will pay for most of the project.
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