CLINTONVILLE, OH (WCMH)–Indianola Avenue is going to go on a “road diet.”
That’s the traffic engineering term for a redesign that reduces the number of travel lanes. In the case of Indianola, the existing four lanes between Morse and North Broadway will be converted to two lanes of travel with a turn lane in the middle and bike lanes on the outsides.
Not everyone in Clintonville is convinced the change is necessary.
David Corey has a business on Indianola.
“What’s the problem that we’re trying to solve?” Corey asked Tuesday night at a community meeting.
Corey and others voiced concerns about buses and tractor trailers backing up traffic.
“You’ve got a Marzetti’s plant, three schools with school buses and we’ve got COTA buses,” Corey said. “I see traffic potentially going to be backed up for maybe even a half a mile.”
The city says the redesign provides a quality of life change. Engineers say it will have a calming effect on traffic. Motorists will be forced to slow down.
Blake Getson likes the plan. He rides his bike, but says Indianola is not safe.
“Right now, you get people stopping to turn left and so it effectively turns a lot of Indianola into a single lane anyway,”Getson said. “So I think this would stop people from weaving back and forth.”
Some residents question the wisdom of reducing the number of lanes at the same time new apartments are going up, and all the traffic that will follow the new construction.
Corey says he supports making room for bicycles, but says the city seems to be going bike lane crazy.
“They’ve got High Street right now – they’ve got north and south that way,” Corey said. “I mean, when is it going to stop? Is our whole community, is every street going to have a bike lane on it?”
City officials point out this is not a bike lane project. It’s a traffic calming project and the bike lanes are an added benefit to the redesign.
The city expects to execute the redesign in 2017.