Below is a list of questions posed to the city by residents, and the city's responses, at the March 18 meeting regarding the intersection of North Broadway and North High Street.

Q: What formula is used to determine how much traffic is too much traffic on residential streets?

A: Residential streets should carry the traffic of residents in that neighborhood only. Any other traffic carried is considered to be cut-through traffic, said Patricia Austin, Columbus Transportation Division administrator. North Broadway, which sees an average of 16,000 cars per day, is categorized by the city as a minor arterial, not a residential street, and has been since 1993, Austin said.

Q: Would a left turn lane on East North Broadway at North High Street lead to an increase in traffic to the neighborhood?

A: City traffic engineers do not believe that a turn lane would increase traffic to the neighborhood, Austin said. The only change would be that motorists now using side streets to go south on North High Street from East North Broadway would now use the intersection.

Q: Why can't the city do a comprehensive traffic study of the neighborhood, as it has done in other neighborhoods?

A: Such a project, which costs millions of dollars, is not in the city's budget, Austin said.

Q: What will happen to the estimated $380,000 in Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funds (UIRF) if the community elected not to alter the intersection?

A: The funds would go back into the UIRF's general funds, said Susan Delay, Columbus' capital-improvements manager. The city's traditional urban areas that are eligible for the funds would be able to bid for them during the next round of UIRF funding.

Q: Does the city have a count of cut-through traffic on side streets, and how can the city come up with a solution for the neighborhood's traffic problems without that data?

A: To count cut-through traffic, the city would have to count all cars on all streets in the neighborhood, which would be cost prohibitive and impossible, said Department of Public Service Director Mark Kelsey. The city has been asked by residents of side streets many times to look at traffic on their streets, assess the problems and find a solution, Kelsey said. The proposal to add a left turn lane to East North Broadway reflects what the city has observed and its solution.

Q: If the city were to widen East North Broadway at High Street to add a turn lane, how would it ensure that pedestrians would still be able to safely cross the street?

A: The city would be sure to add enough time to the lights to allow pedestrians to cross the street safely, Austin said. The city also would add countdown timers to the crosswalk signals to allow pedestrians to see exactly how much time they had to cross the street before the light changes.