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.
"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."
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