Some residents around the Hampsted developments say the speed limit on Dublin-Granville Road and the lack of connectivity there to the village's leisure trails are dangerous.

Some residents around the Hampsted developments say the speed limit on Dublin-Granville Road and the lack of connectivity there to the village's leisure trails are dangerous.

Laurie Clouse, who lives at 4958 Brooksview Circle in the Hampsted Heath development, told village council July 21 a crosswalk across Dublin-Granville Road should connect the subdivision with the leisure trail on the opposite side of the street.

"In order for us to promote walking to school and lower childhood obesity, we have to do something," she said.

Beth Pomerantz, who also lives in Hampsted Heath, at 4950 Brooksview Circle, said the 45-mph zone is dangerous, especially without a crosswalk. She said the speed limit should be reduced to 35 mph.

"We are asking the first item be that the speed be reduced," she said. "The second item is putting a crosswalk in. It's very unsafe."

She said neighbors almost have been hit by cars because the speed limit is so high.

Police Chief Mark Chaney said his officers conducted a 24-hour speed study in the middle of the week and found that 8,000 cars use the road daily and most people travel about 48 mph.

Village engineer Ed Ferris said he and his staff have studied the area between Harlem and Fodor roads on Dublin-Granville Road.

"The village has the right to set speed limits, but due to the recent study the police department performed out there, it is (the) opinion that the speed limit should remain at 45 mph," he said.

Village administrator Joe Stefanov expressed concerns about lowering the speed limit and adding a crosswalk that would not be at an intersection.

"When the speed limits are artificially low, people tend to ignore them," he said. "Then you have a problem with people who live or work in the area saying they have a speeding problem."

Ferris said crosswalks provide a false sense of security because pedestrians believe cars would stop.

According to Ohio Revised Code section 4511.46, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians "crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger."

Some council members agreed with Ferris but said they would look into solutions for the residents. They discussed the possibility of adding a crosswalk at Mead Way Drive or Brooksview Circle.

"I have a real problem with middle-of-the-block crossings because they are dangerous," council member Colleen Briscoe said. "Before we would want to decide on that, I would want to hear more about how we are making it safer."

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