Streetsboro -- A traffic signal and a turn lane are planned on Route 14 in front of the new Streetsboro High School, school officials said.
"For the widening of the lane and the traffic light, everybody was very positive that it would be a good impact," said Melanie Friedman, a principal at FMD Architects, at a community meeting on school facilities at Henry Defer Intermediate School Aug. 4.
She said the Route 14 traffic study has been completed.
"It had three different options for how we could add another turn lane to Route 14," she said. "Of those options, we're looking at the one that shows utilizing only the school property. We would not imagine trying to take property across the street."
Route 14 traffic will only be interrupted if someone needs to exit the high school site, she added. A sensor will be installed on the school drive that will trip the traffic light.
"Other than that, it will constantly stay green for the folks on Route 14," she said.
Friedman said "the actual count of the vehicles, with the school being here, did not really seem to be [a significant increase]. Because we're at the edge of Ravenna, there is not a lot of traffic going the other way. So it was not a huge impact to the Route 14 traffic that exists. About 165 cars will enter the school site in the morning and 130 exit at peak time in the afternoon, compared to the 1,500 plus amount of cars currently traveling on the road during those times. Impact at existing intersections is expected to be around 1 second of increased wait time."
Friedman said the portion of Route 14 near the high school site would likely be widened in the future with or without the high school.
"They may end up widening that road [besides in the area near the high school] in the future, so this part would already be done," she said.
Michael DiMaio, principal at FMD Architects, said it hasn't been determined yet whether there will be crosswalks included at the traffic light.
"I don't know why we wouldn't [install crosswalks]," DeMaio said. "It would certainly seem reasonable that at a traffic light, you would have crosswalks. All that will be part of the final study that's done."
DiMaio was asked by a community member how school officials planned to keep people away from the adjacent asphalt plant and if they planned to use fences.
"We have not gone that far in our planning to discuss that," DiMaio said. "I don't know that we wouldn't fence certain portions, but we haven't gone that far in our design work."
DiMaio also was asked about the air quality next to the asphalt plant and if his firm planned to do a study.
"If we need to do [an air quality study], we're prepared to do that," DiMaio said.
DiMaio, talking about the wetlands and a glacier mound that exist on the new high school site, said, "We had the site fully [outlined], and put that to the civil engineers. Also, we've gone to the Ohio EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers and asked for their view. This is something we've seldom had to do."
DiMaio said FMD Architects has not yet gotten a response from the Ohio EPA or the Army Corps of Engineers.
"[Wetlands or a glacier mound] isn't something that would stop us from going forward," he said. "It may cause us to make some adjustments in perhaps the orientation."
Friedman said there is "a small patch of wetlands back in a wooded area" at the high school site, but it would not present any significant problems.
DiMaio, describing the front of the new high school, said, "If we need to adjust [the location] a little bit, we're prepared to do that. But we don't think we will have any of those kind of difficulties."