Committee to review traffic issues

By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

At last month’s meeting, the village of Urbancrest council announced they were looking to restrict the access of motorists turning onto Augustus Drive from Urbancrest Industrial Drive from the hours of 3:30 to 6 p.m. to ease the traffic congestion that has been plaguing their residential roads.

Now, council members said they plan to take a step back in order to look into its feasibility.

“We want to make sure we talk to our business partners, the residents and the bus drivers to make sure that we are all on the same page,” said councilman Kenneth Skeaton at the March 3 meeting.

Under the advisement of Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr., the health and safety committee said they would investigate and further explore how the traffic issue would be best handled during these busy hours.

“I feel like this could change the dynamic of the traffic flow in Urbancrest, Grove City and the surrounding areas,” said Skeaton, who is also the chair of the health and safety committee.

“We don’t want to do it haphazardly.”

Councilwoman Shawn Moore said they should contact the city of Grove City and see whether they could change the timing of the light at the intersection of Broadway, Home Road and Urbancrest Industrial Drive.

“With the way the light is timed, people don’t have much time to turn,” she said. “If a semi is in front of you, it takes it all the time.”

Skeaton said that speaking with Grove City would be a great idea and said some thought should be given to contacting the Ohio Department of Transportation to see about changing the timing of the light for those coming off Interstate 270 as well.

Council members said that some kind of traffic change would be necessary because the motorists that are cutting through the residential roads pose a hazard to the children and residents who live throughout the village.

Council also discussed revisiting the parking ban in the village as well, specifically on Central Avenue, east of the railroad tracks.

Skeaton said the enforcement of the ban needs to be consistent or they need to revisit whether it should still be in place. It was initially enacted to keep drug dealers from using the village as their place of business.

Moore said she is not in favor of the ban as it creates a burden on the household members who has family over to visit.

“When I go to see my mother, and if my sister has taken the spot, I just take my chances,” she said.

Council agreed it should be looked into as well.

The council also said they were going to update the law of dressing animals in the village. That stems from an incident that took place last year when a hunter dressed a deer on their porch in the summer.

“It’s not really a good thing for your neighbors to be sitting out in their front yard and look over and see their neighbor skinning a deer,” said Barnes.

The health and safety committee will  look into the matter.

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