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City wants multi-million dollar traffic signal update

by Mike Lesko | reporter Published: January 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- The city is seeking $3.688 million from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study to upgrade traffic signals throughout Streetsboro.

The total project cost is $5.122 million, according to AMATS documents, and the city would pay the remaining $1.434 million.

If approved by AMATS, the project would be scheduled to take place in 2018 or 2019.

Mayor Glenn Broska said since the project is years down the road, if the city receives AMATS approval, the city would "put away money each year for it."

Broska said the city hopes to achieve "a smooth, efficient traffic flow throughout the city."

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"Our current traffic signal control is old," Broska said. "It needs to be updated. There are new systems out there."

Broska said residents have complained to city officials over the years about traffic signals.

"They say they have to wait too long at certain traffic signals, and at others, they say the light changes too quickly," he said. "It is part of the evolution of the city where we have to try to move the traffic through the city a little better than we are now."

Broska said traffic signals that residents have complained about include three on Route 14 -- at the intersections of Staples Drive, Portage Pointe Drive and Superior Avenue.

"Those are some of the biggest ones," he said.

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Another is at Route 43 and Cherokee Trail.

"We've had a lot of complaints about that intersection," he said.

Broska said later in the evening after rush-hour traffic has calmed down, some traffic signals still turn red even when there is no traffic to trigger them.

"With today's computers, we can fix that and have an efficient traffic flow in the city," he said. Currently, Streetsboro's citywide traffic signals project ranks No. 15 on the AMATS surface transportation program funding list.

Victor Botosan, AMATS transportation improvement program coordinator, cautioned it is still early in the funding process and despite any AMATS ranking, funding is not guaranteed at this point. He said the AMATS policy committee, which has final approval, meets Jan. 30, at which point it will give its final recommendations for the current rounds of funding.

Broska said if the traffic signal project is funded by AMATS, "once a study is done, they can show us where they can make changes."

"[Fixing these problems] is very important for the residents," Broska said. "I drive the same roads our residents do. I have the same concerns they do."

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