Ohio, Greene and South Street barricades to become permanent in Fairborn


FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn placed barricades at Greene, Ohio and South Streets in the winter months to reduce the amount of traffic in those neighborhoods by preventing right turns onto Broad Street. Motorists are now being asked to adjust to these barricades as they will soon become permanent after council passed an ordinance Aug. 7 that prohibits right turns from Broad to those streets.

Ohio Street, South Street and Greene Street were limited to right-turns only onto Broad Street beginning Jan. 23 as part of a traffic study in which the results were used to determine a long-term solution in reducing the amount of traffic travelling down those residential neighborhoods.

“Shortly after the 444 reroute, we began hearing complaints about higher traffic in the neighborhoods of Greene, Ohio and South. We started addressing it with extra patrols and that didn’t bring it down enough, so we started looking at traffic counts and there were a number of [them] over the years. Those traffic counts confirmed that the number of cars on that street had increased,” City Engineer Don O’Connor said as the item was presented to council. “We had a public meeting, talked about options to help reduce traffic in those neighborhoods and decided to implement a trial period of restricting left turns into the neighborhoods from Broad Street and restricting right turns into the neighborhood from Broad Street.”

The traffic study involving the barricades found that the solution was to make the right-turn restriction a permanent one. Curbs and grassy areas are planned to be constructed by next year where the temporary barricades are currently located.

“The barricades will stay in place until we make a permanent improvement,” O’Connor said. “There will be curb [installed] where those barricades are now coming out of South, Ohio and Greene. New curb, grass and sidewalk will be put in and extended [as well as] drainage improvements … We will extend the medians to where there’s curb across on both sides and fill in the asphalt area with grass.”

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Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald Temporary barricades were installed Jan. 23 where Ohio, South and Greene Streets meet Broad Street in an effort to reduce traffic in the residential neighborhoods. Fairborn City Council Aug. 7 opted to make the restricted right turns an ordinance. Permanent curb, sidewalk and grass will be constructed next year in place of the barricades.
http://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_nobroadturns1.jpgWhitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald Temporary barricades were installed Jan. 23 where Ohio, South and Greene Streets meet Broad Street in an effort to reduce traffic in the residential neighborhoods. Fairborn City Council Aug. 7 opted to make the restricted right turns an ordinance. Permanent curb, sidewalk and grass will be constructed next year in place of the barricades.

By Whitney Vickers

wvickers@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.