Hilliard City Council put the brakes on an administrative initiative to hire the engineering firm Burgess & Niple to determine whether any modifications to the city’s double-roundabout intersection on Main Street could reduce the number of accidents.

City Council members tabled the resolution Feb. 27 and asked public-services director Butch Seidle to arrange for representatives from Burgess & Niple to attend the March 13 meeting to discuss the issue.

City Council Vice President Kelly McGivern asked that the resolution be postponed until March 13 and that the engineering firm “provide an explanation” why it is qualified to review the work since the firm completed the roundabouts' initial design.

City officials, in response to a study from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission that showed the two roundabouts on Main Street have the highest number of accidents in Hilliard, want to pay $220,000 to Burgess & Niple to study both roundabouts, as well as the roundabout at Davidson Road and Britton Parkway, to determine if any modifications might reduce the number of accidents.

City officials told council members Burgess & Niple remained the most qualified engineering firm to execute their orders.

Read the full story in the March 9 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.