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Dear Residents of Twinsburg,

February 27, 2012


Our City Engineer applied for and was awarded a grant for approximately 8 million dollars towards the widening of Route 91.  Once the money was awarded, a study was done to determine the best way to solve the traffic problems on Rt. 91. 

Two solutions were presented to Council.

The first alternative was a 5 lane widening.  This means that Route 91 from Solon to Glenwood would be the same width that you see in Solon (or up by the old Chrysler Plant).    

The second alternative was to install two roundabouts: a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Glenwood and 91; and a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Ethans/Meadowood and 91. The strong recommendation was in favor of roundabouts over a 5 lane road for multiple reasons including improved safety for both drivers and pedestrians, and reduced congestion.

Council is considering moving forward with phase 1, which would result in the construction of a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Glenwood and 91 and a widening of 91 from Glenwood to Post Rd.  Any subsequent phases would be a separate decision that would be made after the first phase is complete.
   
After hearing opposition to roundabouts, I found that those opposed presented mostly opinions, but very few facts.  I too had my own opinions, but felt as your representative it was important to learn the facts and bring them to you.  I have spent a considerable amount of time researching the pros and cons.  I have spoken to city officials in Green, Ohio where similar roundabouts have been installed.  I have walked through roundabouts with a similar traffic pattern to what we will  experience should we proceed with the roundabout in Twinsburg.  I observed pedestrians crossing at various times of the day, and I crossed them myself.   I spent time observing vehicles maneuvering the roundabout, paying particular attention to larger vehicles such as school busses, safety vehicles and semi-trucks. 

I created this website to share my findings with you.  Please take the time to review the information here.  You can also use the Feedback Page to send me your thoughts. 

 

Maureen Stauffer
Twinsburg City Council Ward 4

 


 

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