Columbus City Council will consider a number of new stops and speed bumps Tuesday to improve traffic control in some parts of the city.
The council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Complex courtroom.
Councilmen will consider approving all-way stops at First Street and Fifth Avenue South; 12th Street and Third Avenue North; and 11th Street and Third Avenue North, according to the meeting agenda. They will also consider speed bumps at 22nd Street, between Washington and College streets; Short Third Avenue east of 18th Street North; and 15th Street North at Old Union Academy.
Neel-Schaffer Vice President and City Engineer Kevin Stafford said the constituents requested the stops through councilmen.
“They are all warranted due to visual obstruction in various quadrants, which make it impossible to safely negotiate the intersection from the stopped approach,” Stafford said. “That condition then warrants to either remove the obstruction or stop all traffic from all directions. Some of the obstructions cannot be removed, and the one that can is a nice crepe myrtle the owner would rather not remove.”
Stafford noted the speed bumps, all of which are in residential, church or school zones, have been through an approval process with the traffic calming committee.
Several of the planned adjustments will be made in Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor said he’s received complaints from citizens about excessive speeding in those areas, even after the city installed stop signs in an attempt to curb the issue.
“Now we’re going to put down warning devices to try to enhance the safety,” he said. “We’re trying to stop accidents and keep some kids from getting run over in these highly-populated community areas.”
Alex Holloway was formerly a reporter with The Dispatch.
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