Addressing feedback on traffic light changes in London

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(Posted Sept. 8, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Nearly three weeks ago, the city of London initiated a traffic study for removing five traffic lights in town. At the Sept. 2 city council meeting, Mayor Patrick Closser addressed some of the feedback the city has received since making the changes.

One of the lights scheduled for removal sits at High and Oak streets. One couple contacted Closser, concerned about visibility heading south on Oak when entering traffic onto High Street. They said it was difficult to see around the cars parked at the courthouse.

In response, the city repainted all of the curbs at that location and pushed the stop sign back the maximum distance allowed by law, Closser said.

He added that he has seen other comments and concerns expressed on social media, but few people have contacted him or other city officials directly.

“I know social media is an easy way to complain and is also an easy way to show your support. The things on Facebook are not always seen by us, though,” he said.

Closser urged residents to make direct contact with city council members or with him by calling (740) 852-3243 or sending email to pclosser@londonohio.gov.

He said he also has heard from residents who like the changes to traffic flow as a result of the light changes.

In addition to High and Oak, the locations of the other lights slated for removal are: High and Union streets, High Street and Westmoor Drive, Main and Second streets, and Main and Fourth streets.

The street department has posted signs next to the lights at those intersections that read “Signal under study for removal.” The signs will remain in place for the 90-day study period during which activity at those intersections is being monitored. The 90-day period started at the end of August. The data will determine whether the lights stay or go.

During the study period, the lights are flashing yellow on High and Main streets. They are flashing red on Westmoor, Union, Oak, Second and Fourth. Additionally, the street department has installed stop signs on the four side streets.

In other discussion at the Sept. 2 council meeting, several city leaders offered public awareness messages:

  • Council member Carla Blazier urged residents who have chosen not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to reconsider, making note of the “huge increase in cases.”
  • Council member Josh Peters informed council that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Peters said he is scheduled for prostate cancer surgery and will miss the next council meeting.
  • Closser said September also is Child Cancer Awareness Month. He expects to bring forth a proclamation at the next council meeting.

London council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at city hall, 20 S. Walnut St.

Other upcoming meetings include:

  • Civil service commission–Sept. 8, 4 p.m.;
  • Finance committee–Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m.;
  • Historic downtown revitalization committee–Sept. 14, 5 p.m.
  • Public safety committee–Sept. 14, 6 p.m.;
  • City council–Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.;
  • Tree commission–Sept. 21, 5 p.m.;
  • City properties committee–Sept. 22, 5:15 p.m.;
  • Board of public utilities–Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.

All meetings take place at city hall and are subject to change. If changes occur, a 24-hour notice will be posted to the city’s Facebook page, “LondonOhioGovtServices,” and website, www.londonohio.gov/city-meeting-schedule.

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