Traffic hazard in Brimfield must be remedied

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I am writing this letter to inform you of a dangerous traffic problem, recommend a solution and ask for your action.

The problem is Mogadore Road in Brimfield. The first mile south of Tallmadge Road (County Route 18) poses a danger to its residents. At least two dogs were killed on this road in 2012, both within 200 yards from a school bus stop. Many of us have to cross the road to get our mail and fear for our lives.

I have seen this road become more and more dangerous over the last 50 years. It was a classic slippery slope. First I-76 came along and disrupted both Mogadore Road and Sunnybrook Road. The country's worst exit ramp, No. 31, was attached to this section of Mogadore Road. (I'll bet you know which one I mean.) The ramp to I-76 attracts unwanted through traffic.

Then the Portage County Recycle Center was built. This brought additional heavy truck traffic which is even worse than cars. Lastly the Brimfield Cascades shopping center was built bringing more traffic of the worst type, shoppers.

This section of Mogadore Road is hilly and visibility is limited to only 100 yards in one spot, adding to the danger of speed. I have not seen police monitoring traffic on the road at any time, which only adds to the problem. The speed limit of 40 mph is ignored and 50 mph is the norm.

The solution is to barricade the road where the industrial area starts, creating two "no outlet" roads, and reducing the speed limit to 30 mph on the dangerous section.

My family, the Edmunds, have lived on the 20-acre farm at Mogadore Road since the end of World War II. The house and farm date back to 1844. To the north of us are several duplexes and single-family homes, some with children. This area is and always has been a family, residential area. We should not be punished with an industrial zone speed limit.

I urge you to take action before someone is injured or killed. The situation has become dangerous. The residents need and deserve protection.

Larry Harmon Sr., Brimfield

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  • I agree with Mr. Harmon, the road is becoming more dangerous. I have asked the Brimfield Police to use my drive to stop the speeders. But that hasn't happened yet. I see the cars fly over that hill as my grandson waits for the school bus.I've seen cars come within feet of the bus. ODOT closed the road at 76 when they repaired the highway about 10 years ago IT WAS WONDERFUL.I voiced my concerns with the zoning trustee about 5 months ago nothing changed.