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Ravenna eyes removal of three traffic signals

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published: January 17, 2013 4:00 AM
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The city of Ravenna has finally determined which traffic signals it can legally live without.

The signals must be formally removed by Ravenna City Council, and some members have expressed opposition to at least one signal being removed.

City Engineer Bob Finney recently told council's Streets and Sidewalks Committee that a recent traffic study determined that signals are no longer warranted at Sycamore Street and Spruce Avenue, Clinton and Main streets, and North Chestnut Street and Central Avenue.

He said traffic counts were taken in late October between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 and 5 p.m.

Councilwoman Amy Michael questioned the study times, saying they don't take into account some of the peak hours, when Ravenna High School dismisses around the same time as shift change at Robinson Memorial Hospital and General Electric.

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"I disagree," she said. "It's an accident waiting to happen."

Finney pointed out that it would cost upwards of $125,000 to replace each signal should the city decide to keep them. He added that the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices must be the bible used when deciding to add or remove a traffic signal.

"We cannot control speed with a traffic signal," he said. "It is illegal to do so."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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anonymous Jan 18, 2013 1:16 PM

Right guys. Why spend money on surveys? Mayor must have a survey buddy. Why not just put lights on blink, until we see if we are gonna still need again if if if a business or something comes in .. Spending money the city SUPPOSEDLY don't have! What does a traffic study cost? Right lights don't control speed only cops do. Don't know when I see a Ravenna cop doin radar. Think we need a survey on whether we need a full time mayor and a blonde seat cover for his SUV that dont do anything ..

anonymous Jan 17, 2013 6:22 PM

I live right on the corner of North Chestnut and Central Ave. I think its completely unfair that they are removing that light. I've seen over five accidents in just the past year, it has become a complete safety hazard just to get out of my driveway. I'm sure there are others who see it from my point of view and if you'd like to stop this I started an online petition. To sign it just visit the following address: https://www.change.org/petitions/ravenna-ohio-keep-the-traffic-light-at-the-corner-of-north-chestnut-and-central-avenue?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign#invite

anonymous Jan 17, 2013 2:43 PM

I agree remove all the lights. The light at Central and North Chestnut was put there to protect the children crossing Chestnut to attend the Highland School. I under stand that there is a house on Central Ave that has several sexual offenders living there, so I would be concerned about children walking to school that way.

I would like to see them remove even more lights and get rid of all those 4 way stops. When Jack Summers was Police Chief that was his answer to every accident was to have the City Council put up a stop sign.

anonymous Jan 17, 2013 7:51 AM

Removing at least three traffic lights in Ravenna is a great idea! The two lights by the old high school, are obsolete. (Main St and on Highland) Also one of the lights on Main street by the Papa Johns plaza. The Chestnut and Central light being up for removal is silly.

anonymous Jan 17, 2013 7:30 AM

I agree with Amy, removing the light at Chestnut and Central is nuts! There is too much traffic on Chestnut due to the High School. if anything they should add a light at Lincoln. And if a fast food resturant moves in by the school that is more traffic.. The Mayor wants a medical corridor in this area, removing traffic lights are going to help, NOT!! But Finney gets more money with the less he spends!