Hilliard City Council members again have postponed a decision concerning a study of three accident-prone roundabouts in the city.
After more than 90 minutes of debate March 13, City Council members opted to table for a second time legislation to appropriate $220,000 for a professional-services contract with Burgess & Niple to study the roundabouts on Main Street at Cemetery and Scioto Darby roads and the one at Davidson Road and Britton Parkway.
City Council voted 6-1 to table the resolution, with Joe Erb dissenting.
Burgess & Niple representatives attended the March 13 meeting at the request of City Council members to explain why the firm was qualified to review its own work.
The city hired Burgess & Niple more than a decade ago and paid the firm a total of $2.2 million to design, plan and construct the massive renovation of the area locally known as “the Triangle,” according to Letty Schamp, Hilliard’s deputy city engineer.
“We’re getting a good team of people. Burgess & Niple is the best team for our city,” Schamp told council members.
Steve Thieken, director of transportation-systems planning and design at Burgess & Niple, told City Council members his company has the experience and resources to develop ideas and solutions that should reduce the number of crashes at the roundabouts.
Several council members objected to the administration’s selection of the same firm that originally designed the roundabouts, including Erb, who said he would have voted against the resolution had a vote been called when introduced Feb. 27.
Other members offered different viewpoints.
“Design has nothing to do with it,” Les Carrier said. “It’s a failure-to-yield (problem). People glance left and fly through. You can’t design a fix for that. It’s an issue with drivers.”
Read the full story in the March 23 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.