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Citing Safety, Solon Wants Traffic Barriers Removed From U.S. 422

City council will write letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation and Gov. John Kasich to express their concerns about the barriers making U.S. 422 more dangerous

Solon officials have been hoping for a traffic barrier on U.S. 422 for years to prevent cars crossing the grassy median and causing head-on collisions.

But now that barriers are being installed, Solon officials want them gone. Solon City Council voted last week to send a letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation and Gov. John Kasich asking that the barriers be removed.

City officials think the barriers are actually making the highway more dangerous.

The barriers, being erected by ODOT, are being built along both the east- and west-bound sides of U.S. 422. The barriers are only a few feet from the left lane on both sides.

Ward 3 Councilwoman Toni Richmond said she is concerned that there is no room for a car in the left lane to pull off the road if there is a problem. A worse scenario, she said, is that an accident may create a chain reaction of accidents on the busy highway.

She is particularly concerned about how dangerous it will be during the upcoming winter months.

Kevin Westbrooks, Solon's traffic engineer, has said that the barrier was installed near the inside of each freeway and not in the center of the median because of sewer drainage infrastructure there. Replacing that would have made the project too expensive.

The barriers will be discussed Wednesday night when the safety committee meets at .

Stay tuned for more on this story as it develops.

Jacquelyn Frederick November 17, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Thanks for covering this. I have been wondering about the room for cars to pull over on the left side and the potential for accidents in the snow.
John November 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Russo made it quite clear he was against telling ODOT to fix it now, in fact he wanted to undo what Council did, it took Bell to inform him that it was inappropriate for Safety to override the full Council. Look for a lively discussion on Monday, off camera at caucus and possibly on camera at the meeting.
Bruce January 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I guess Solon is to big to watch over the State's work. They had amble time to get this corrected before it was built. I would ask "Does anyone in the city have written documentation has to their displeasure with the design" or did all of this occur after they had their eyes opened?

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