Boardman trustees postpone 224 review

BOARDMAN — Township trustees opted to hold off for now on a review that would make recommendations on the U.S. Route 224 corridor study.

Jason Loree, township administrator, asked trustees to consider asking MS Consultants, the township engineering company, to review the U.S. 224 study.

The study, funded by Ohio Department of Transportation and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, is focused on the six-mile stretch of Route 224 from state Route 11 in Canfield to Interstate 680 in Poland. URS Consultants of Akron is conducting the $1 million study.

Although it’s not required for the study to proceed, trustees were asked by Eastgate to submit their comments regarding the suggested alternatives.

Canfield trustees have previously submitted a letter supporting the plan.

Loree said MS Consultants representatives would review the URS study and make recommendations.

MS’ proposal said its representatives would review the corridor study recommendations to understand the impact of the suggested improvements and the impact on access management and traffic control operations.

It would also prepare a summary report assessing the legitimacy of each recommendation within the report as it pertains to Route 224 traffic access, operation and maintenance.

“Most of the area of the study is in Boardman Township,” Loree said.

The cost was not to exceed $5,900.

“I think we should wait,” said Kathy Miller, trustees chairwoman.

An ODOT director hasn’t yet been appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland and that new director may not view the project as a priority. “It could get shelved,” Miller said of the study.

The 224 study also should be part of a comprehensive plan that the township is in the early stages of developing, she said.

Miller talked to a representative from the Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio, which conducted a community involvement session in November. The recommendations from that session will likely be used in development of a township comprehensive plan.

Trustee Robyn Gallitto said trustees supported some suggestions in the study including traffic signal synchronization along the corridor and dedicated right-turn lanes. Those items could be compiled into a letter and delivered to Eastgate, she said

Trustees have previously indicated that they’re concerned about a suggested median down the center of Route 224 and an underpass at the Market Street intersection.

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