TROY — Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington addressed the downtown road diet at Monday’s city council meeting.
Troy City Council will have to revisit its June 4 agenda due to the lack of a quorum on Monday. Council members Brock Heath, Bill Twiss and Bobby Phillips were not present.
In 2016, council authorized an agreement with Woolpert Inc. for the parking and traffic study for up to $60,000.
The city will reduce the number of travel lanes from four to three lanes to utilize a single lane in each direction with a shared center left-turn lane. The North Market Street from the bridge to the fountain has been “slimmed” and is the first phase of the road diet.
Titterington said the “sky is not falling” and the transition went well. As of Wednesday, there were no reported accidents in the area, according to Troy Police Department officials.
The road diet project will be completed in phases, which began with North Market Street over the weekend and then South Market Street will follow later this summer.
“What we were doing was a result from months of study from an outside engineer. They studied, analyzed the traffic flows, the congestion issues, the traffic safety concerns, the parking issues, both number of stalls as well as the growing problem of extended vehicles,” Titterington said, noting “extended” vehicles are becoming the norm with growing SUV and truck sizes.
Titterington reminded council that they met in a workshop session and unanimously agreed to the new road diet in the downtown area.
“Again it’s day one and we’ll continue to monitor it. We are encouraged so far. It was a good day for it. It kept on from the weekend. The next step is to implement South Market from the fountain to south Simpson Street,” he said. Titterington said he did not have an exact date for the South Market road diet phase.
President Marty Baker said the road diet changes are similar to East Main’s entry to the Square. Titterington said that project inspired the rest of the changes.
Traffic and pedestrian signals have been deactivated around the Public Square at the existing crosswalks. The lights will be bagged for 30 days before they are removed. “Mid-point islands” were installed to slow traffic in the crosswalks and allow pedestrians a place to wait safely.
The mast arms of the traffic lights will stay. Titterington said the city will use them for way-finding signage with no plans to remove the poles.The changes are an effort to maximize parking and provide wider, safer driving lanes for vehicular movement, according to city officials. The boundaries of the road diet include Market Street from Water Street to Simpson Street.
The West Main Street part of the road diet will be implemented at a later date. Those changes will tie into the West Main Street improvement costs, which is currently being designed.
BEAMISH ADDRESSES ALCOHOL AT EVENTS
Mayor Michael Beamish addressed his is concerned regarding increasing public areas for the sale of alcohol and has some difficulty in understanding the need to have alcohol available at events to attract people, and he believes that adults should be positive role models for young people. Beamish said during last weekend’s Strawberry Festival, which attracted over 175,000 visitors to Troy, he volunteered for several hours in the information booth no one asked where to find beer or wine.
Beamish emphasized that the Troy Strawberry Festival is one of those “family friendly” events where everyone enjoys, without the need of alcohol to be successful.
Beamish announced the second recipient of the Rumpke “Look Who Is Recycling” quarterly reward program for residents who actively participate in recycling. The recipient is Aleena Weaver.
Weaver received a gift bag provided by Rumpke of Ohio, Inc., which includes several items, including a gift card from a local restaurant.
“I hope that other residents follow the example set by the Weaver family in being good stewards in protecting our environment by taking recycling seriously. The city appreciates the efforts of our contractor, Rumpke, in sponsoring this rewards program and providing information for citizens regarding the value and benefits of recycling – not only for today, but for future generations.”
In other news:
There were no public comments for or against regarding the rezoning of 530 Crescent Drive from Office-Commercial District to R-7 Multiple-family Residential District. The application was filed by the Family Abuse Shelter.