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Tallmadge police: Construction-related complaints prompt increased enforcement

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Tallmadge — City officials have a message for motorists who favor alternative routes, rather than the posted detour, in connection with the North Avenue reconstruction project: Slow down.

Two new speed monitoring radar trailers have been deployed in the construction area as soon as they are programmed, according to Police Chief Ron Williams. Their aim is to get drivers who are forging their own paths around the construction to reduce their speed, the police chief says, because some of the alternatives they’re choosing aren’t designed to handle extra traffic.

“There is increased traffic on side streets whenever a main artery such as state Route 91 is closed,” Williams reports, adding, “We’ve had a significant number of complaints on those streets since the project began. The traffic flow has been designed to only send local traffic on those side streets.”

Drivers approaching the radar trailers will see the posted speed limit displayed, as well as their speed as detected by the radar gun within the trailer. The trailers will also record the total number of vehicles and their average speeds during the times they are monitoring traffic.

“We’re trying to slow people down on Kent Drive and Alandale,” Mayor Dave Kline said.

The mayor asks people to respect the posted speeds in work areas.

“We are going to ticket people for speeding,” he said.

Since May 16, southbound traffic to the Circle has been detoured to accommodate the $4.5 million North Avenue reconstruction project. The North Avenue improvements, about .75 miles from Tallmadge Circle to just north of Heritage Drive, will include the installation of a new storm sewer system, as well as new sidewalks, curbs, lighting, signage and roadway surface.

Northbound traffic from Tallmadge Circle will be maintained during construction, Esler said. A southbound detour route will send motorists east on Howe Road to the roundabout and then south on Northeast Avenue to Tallmadge Circle.

The police chief says his officers are spending time in the North Avenue area each day, supplemented by auxiliary officers.

“We will continued to emphasize traffic enforcement in that area in response to the complaints,” Williams says.


Courtesy: Ellin Walsh

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