Traffic on Buckeye Parkway soon will have three fewer stop signs at the intersection with Sapphire Drive.

Traffic on Buckeye Parkway soon will have three fewer stop signs at the intersection with Sapphire Drive.

Grove City safety director Mike Wasylik said the intersection's three-way stop will come down within the next few weeks after the installation of new signs and pavement markings.

Three area residents spoke before city council to protest the signs' removal. Motorists often drive along Buckeye Parkway in excess of the area's 25 mile per hour speed limit, they said. Even the stop sign does little to deter some.

Copper Court resident Angela Waters said she helped to bring about the installation of the stop signs a few years ago.

"Throughout the period of 2004 through 2006, we worked on a solution for the safety issue there," Waters said.

"We believe this is an exception and (the city) should allow the stop sign to remain, and if the stop sign cannot remain, (that it stay) until another solution that would meet our safety concerns that would be agreeable to the city council, the police and the director of safety."

Sapphire Drive resident Greg Martin said Buckeye Parkway is dangerous for pedestrians, including the children who live in the neighborhood.

"It's like a speedway," he said.

"It seems like crossing the street just to get the mail can be dangerous. (The stop) seems to be an inexpensive fix - to keep the 10 seconds to stop at a stop sign to protect the children that are in that area."

The planned stop sign removal is based on a recent traffic study prompted by motorists' complaints, Wasylik said.

"Since it's been put up, there's been a lot of debate on both sides of the issue," he said. "Enough of those comments and concerns were registered with city council members that our traffic engineers took a look at that intersection to see whether the three-way stop was warranted."

Results of the study, which was performed three to four months ago, showed that the intersection was below the traffic level the state recommends for a three-way stop, Wasylik said. Other measures will be taken to protect pedestrians and children at play, including increased police presence for the next few weeks.

"In the short run, we will have a very strict enforcement of the 25 mile per hour speed limit. We want to educate and train our motorists that 25 mph means 25 mph," he said. "We can't be out there forever, but we feel that over a period of time that we can get the message out to passing motorists."

In addition, signs with flashing lights will designate a crosswalk, and the size of the median at Borror Road will be increased, he said.

Sapphire Drive resident Mary Helton, who also spoke at the council meeting, said she's not satisfied with those precautions.

"I personally would like to see (the stop) stay," said Helton, who has three children under the age of 6.

"We feel the stop sign has been effective in helping control (speeding) a little bit," she said. "People have complained about it being there, and it's almost like they're giving them permission now."

Helton said she hopes that something else -speed bumps or some other type of traffic control device - is installed in place of the stop sometime soon.