Streetsboro -- City Council member Jeff Allen believes the installation of guard rails is vital on Route 43 at the Meadow View subdivision.
"We need guardrails over there," Allen said. "I think it's perfectly clear. I'd like to move forward and put them over there before somebody gets hurt or killed."
The city's Board of Control approved a contract allowing the city to spend up to $6,900 with Lake Erie Construction July 29 for guard rails on Route 43 near Crescent Drive.
"For $6,900, we need to protect the residents," Allen said Aug. 7 after the contract was approved by the Board of Control.
Service Director Bill Miller said a contract was signed, and Lake Erie Construction should be out in two to three weeks to install the guard rail.
City officials said there was a guard rail there in 2008, but it was removed when a turn lane was installed, and since the slope of the road changed, guard rails were no longer required by state law.
Mayor Glenn Broska said city cannot make the developer pay for new guard rails because under Ohio Department of Transportation regulations, a guard rail is not required.
"This is the city's option to put in a guard rail," Broska said.
Justin Ring of Crescent Drive, representing the Meadow View Homeowners Association, said the guard rails are necessary to keep children safe.
"Our kids stand right at the edge of the development to catch the bus in the morning," Ring said at a July 14 Council meeting. "[It would be easy] for a car to plow right into them. To me, it's a big safety issue with the kids."
The need for guardrails is particularly acute during the winter months, he added.
"Before they put the turn lane in, there were guardrails there," he said. "I watched cars ping-pong off of guard rails when they were there previously, so I know cars tend to miss that turn sometimes. In the winter ... when you're coming around that corner and it's icy or slippery, it's very easy to go off [the road]."
Allen believes it needs to be done as soon as possible.
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