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Boardman traffic fix: Go round and round

Published: Sat, February 27, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Denise Dick

The project cost is estimated at $1.2 million, and work is expected in 2012.

BOARDMAN — A well-rounded solution is planned for one intersection that’s been the location of multiple accidents.

A traffic study of Mathews and Sheridan roads recommended a roundabout as a solution to the problem intersection.

The corridor of Mathews Road from South Avenue to Sheridan Road had 128 accidents from 2003 to 2005, most occurring at South Avenue, the study found.

The cost of a roundabout is estimated at $1.2 million.

“It’s 100 percent federally funded,” said Kathleen Rodi, director of transportation for Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.

The intersection qualified for the federal funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. Its safety and crash data as well as expectations that completion will lower emissions contributed to the qualification, Rodi said.

A roundabout is a circular traffic pattern that guides cars along a curved path until they exit to another street. It prevents accidents and reduces congestion without traffic lights, officials have said.

Lynn Mar Avenue resident Willard Peet, who lives about a block from the traffic light, isn’t sure a roundabout will alleviate the problem.

He’s lived in his home since 1963 and has seen several accidents at the intersection.

“I try to avoid making a left turn from Sheridan onto Mathews,” he said. “You never know if someone is going to have an accident.”

Traffic in the area has increased as the township built up with shopping centers and restaurants, Peet said. Motorists travel through the intersection, trying to avoid busier sections of the township, he said.

Rodi said construction is expected in 2012.

Marilyn Kenner, chief deputy engineer for the Mahoning County engineer’s office, said that because the Ohio Department of Transportation helped pay for the safety study, that agency must author the contract. Once that’s done, the engineer’s office expects to select a contractor.

The roundabout would be the first of its kind in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

There are similar constructions at state routes 88 and 46 in Mecca Township and at U.S. Route 224 and state Routes 225 and 14 in Deerfield Township, Portage County, but those circles employ stop signs.

State Route 46 in Columbiana County also has a similar construction, but that one uses a yield sign.

The roundabout planned for Mathews and Sheridan would have a continuous traffic flow, Rodi said.

“It will probably be a bit of a learning curve,” Kenner said, referring to people’s getting accustomed to using it. “But I think if we do a good media campaign, the people will welcome it. It will be something new so people will have to get used to it.”



1NoBS(2650 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

All that's needed at Sheridan and Mathews is the addition of left turn lanes. The roads are one lane each way, so if one person wants to make a left turn, the whole line of traffic is stalled. That's what causes the congestion, and that's what causes the accidents - people become impatient.

This is just another waste of taxpayer money.

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2NoBS(2650 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

LOL, you're right.Details in this story are vague, but the way I read it there will be "Yield" signs at the entrances to the roundabout, as opposed to "Stop" signs. At certain times of the day traffic flows steadily one way, so anyone wanting to cross the stream of traffic is in for a long wait

Plus, there's land acquisition. That intersection has houses on two corners, a church on the third, and an apartment complex on the fourth. I wonder if that's factored in to their $1.2 million figure?

Lumpy, I'm not against change if it's needed and well-thought. But change solely for the sake of change is rarely a good idea.

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3UrbanWolff(10 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

the author of the article is confusing traffic circles with roundabouts.

Traffic circles have stop and yield signs.

a roundabout, more common in other part of the country, allows the continuous flow of traffic about about 20 miles an hour. They may or may not have yield signs depending on how many lanes are in a roundabout.

roundabouts reduces accidents, reduces smog and air pollution, and reduces commute and travel times.

before spouting off about 'change' and the evils of roundabouts (which are very rare in Ohio), you may want to learn about them first (and how they are different from a traffic circle).

Some visual resources on roundabouts in neighborhoods:








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4madasheck(64 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Roundabouts Rule!
To work properly traffic enters from all sides slowly (about 10-15 mph) & the cars already in the circle leave enought room for one car to get in front of them. Well that would require courtesy & patience....we'll have to work on that one! Back to the theory...This practice would allow all the traffic to roll through the intersection without stopping most times of the day. Your stuck at the redlight time just went from 45 seconds to 7. I agree the combination of rush hour and the learning curve will cause minor delays early on but don't knock it till you've tried it.

Try this theory
even at the low of average of 3 cars at 1 light idling for an average of 30 seconds per cycle.
3 cars X 1440 cycles per day X 1/2 a minute of gas
I'd Total 36 HOURS of time saved and estimate at least 36 gallons of gas!.....& that's for 1 light!
Times how many lights?
time to call in the statistics specialist!!
any takers?

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5Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I travel often throughout the mid-west states and I love the roundabouts. There may be a small learning curve for some, but the pay-off in less accidents and better traffic flow is great! Also, for those complaining about the money - it is fully funded by government - if we didn't use the tax dollars some other state would...

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6rmzrez(134 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

OK WERE will the drug sellers go
That is the most important thing in Boardman

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7NoBS(2650 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

OK, look at the story. It says in a 2-year stretch, 5 to 7 years ago, there were 128 accidents on Mathews Road, most of them at South Avenue. So they want to put the safety-enhancing, accident-reducing roundabout/circle/whatever at Sheridan and Mathews, a mile away from South Avenue. Do you begin to see why red flags go up when these clowns start wanting to bring change, and try to sell it by saying it's for our own good?

And Mathews Road continues to Youngstown-Poland Road - why would the study only look at 3/4 of Mathews Road? More red flags.

If they can't even get their story right, or do their study thoroughly and competently, I wouldn't trust them with a bowl of cornflakes, much less redesigning an intersection.

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8madasheck(64 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I think we all just missed the fact the Boardman actually had a good idea about traffic flow!!!!!!
Now, how will they screw it up and gives roundabouts a bad reputation?

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