Lower speed limit at Powell RR crossing will change nothing
To the Editor:
I read, with great bewilderment, the article that appeared in the Sept. 5 edition of ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News concerning the railroad crossing in downtown Powell.
City Council really believes that lowering the speed limit to 25 mph will prevent people from sitting within the crossing area of the railroad tracks? This situation occurs when traffic is backed up; it has nothing to do with the speed through town. In fact, most of the time, it is difficult to drive more than 25 mph through town!
With a reduced speed limit, all that the council has effected is that -- at the posted speed limit -- 30 percent less traffic will flow through the very congested area at any given time, resulting in a 130 percent increase in the time it takes to get through that area! There will be no change in the number of vehicles stopped in the railroad crossing area.
Wake up, people who are in "the Powell Bubble"! There are railroad tracks out there. The road is clearly marked -- pay attention to it!
If they don't see the current round yellow crossing sign, a white painted stop line on the road, red flashing lights, or red-and-white striped gates with red lights, does the council think forcing a 25 mph speed limit in an area that already has slow traffic will make a difference?
This problem is easily fixed by the excellent forces of the Powell Police Department, first being visible to discourage the people who are either idiots or oblivious, second by issuing warning notices, and third by issuing citations with fines (and revenue for the city). The real problem is that in all three cases, the stupids will already be in the crossing area of the railroad tracks!