The results of a six-month study of three Hilliard roundabouts will be discussed at a public meeting scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center, 3810 Veterans Memorial Drive.
"We will be going over the findings of the study (and) seeking (further) public input ... about the possible countermeasures that will be presented," said Letty Schamp, Hilliard's deputy city engineer.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a 5:30 p.m. presentation. A question-and-answer session will follow, and officials will stay until 7 p.m. to answer any private inquires.
Schamp and Steve Thieken, director of transportation-system planning and design at the Burgess & Niple engineering firm, will lead the meeting.
Hilliard City Council members initially balked at the administration's desire to hire the same firm that designed the roundabouts – Burgess & Niple – to perform a study on possible modifications to reduce the number of accidents occurring at the intersections. City Council eventually approved a $160,000 contract with Burgess & Niple to proceed with the study.
"Our study included an analysis of traffic crashes ... and we will be laying out possible countermeasures at the three locations," Schamp said. "But nothing is decided. We are only presenting options (and) want to hear what people think about (the options)."
The study also incorporated concerns and opinions gleaned from residents who attended a public meeting in April, she said.
The contract authorized $120,000 for the study and $40,000 for general-engineering services that were not anticipated to be associated with the study and would require staff approval, Schamp said.
The three roundabouts are at Main Street and Scioto Darby Road, Main and Cemetery Road and Britton Parkway and Davidson Road.
A report the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released in July 2016 showed that the roundabout at Main and Cemetery had the most accidents in Hilliard from 2013 to 2015 (233).
It was followed by Main and Scioto Darby (141) and Britton Parkway and Davidson (72). The six-month study cites data from 2014 to 2016.
The crash numbers for that three-year time period are 231 at Main and Cemetery, 131 at Main and Scioto Darby and 63 at Britton Parkway and Davidson.
The options for fixing them can be divided into two areas: infrastructure changes and a public-education campaign, Schamp said.
"Our study shows a significant number of accidents can be contributed to a lack of understanding (of motorists) about the rules of the road," she said.
The study also uses video of near-misses at the Main Street roundabouts, where a camera is present, Schamp said.
Although no incidents involving pedestrians have been reported at the Main roundabouts since they opened in 2011, the study also includes recommendations concerning pedestrians.
"We believe there is a perception that pedestrians aren't safe, so there are countermeasures, here, too," Schamp said.