Olentangy Valley News

Township neighborhoods ask for traffic calming

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A traffic study could make two Liberty Township neighborhoods safer for children and residents.

At its meeting Monday, May 20, the township board of trustees approved a resolution requesting the Delaware County Engineer's Office conduct a study to determine what measures could be taken to calm traffic on Manchester Drive, located in the Wedgewood Place subdivision, as well as Bryton Drive in the Canterbury subdivision.

The decision was spurred by two requests, the first from Wedgewood Place resident Brian Smith, who contacted the township office requesting that measures be taken to reduce speeds along Manchester Drive.

The road has become a primary cut-through route between Liberty Street and Sawmill Road, Smith said. During rush hour, he said, he has viewed cars traveling faster than 40 mph down his street.

Streets in the subdivision are highly trafficked by children. Officials say the subdivision has a higher concentration of students walking to school at Tyler Run Elementary School than any other neighborhood in the Olentangy Local School District.

"I've sat by the last five years now and something has to be done to slow down the traffic before someone gets seriously hurt," Smith wrote in an email to all three township trustees.

He suggested extra stop signs would help. He also requested parking be restricted to a single side of the road; currently, cars parked on the street narrow the driving lanes and greatly reduce visibility, he said.

In the Canterbury subdivision, the study will respond to a request from residents for additional street lighting at the entrance to cul-de-sacs.

Also at this week's meeting, trustees approved a plan to seek funding to restore a bank along the Olentangy River, along Taggart Road just north of Home Road.

The township administrator will apply for a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; if approved, the township will foot 40 percent of the bill to complete the project, estimated at $40,000, including a $16,000 general-fund commitment in 2014.

Workers would use limestone to restore the deteriorating riverbank, Township Administrator Dave Anderson said. He said the bank has lost much ground in the past four years.

If the township forgoes repairs now, Anderson said, "that $40,000 is going to look like a 'wish we would have spent that' Band-aid in the future."

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