UA council still doesn't think Fishinger needs 'road diet' - Delaware News

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Councilman Ed Seidel, chairman of the infrastructure committee, said staff wanted to know if council would consider a road diet because construction work on Fishinger is nearing completion.

Assistant City Manager Joe Valentino if the city was going to reconsider, this was the time.

"This is the last opportunity to go forward," Valentino said.

Seidel said a road diet was an unfamiliar concept when council first confronted it.

"Since that time, I've become more acquainted with the concept, and I support the concept," Seidel said.

"I think it's a reasonably opportunity to try it out."

Seidel said the road would be restriped with paint, and he suggested the idea of using two or three years to test it out.

"We do it with paint to see what a three-lane configuration, a road diet, would do," Seidel said.

"If it doesn't work out, we could simply restripe it the other way."

Councilman Erik Yassenoff said it would look like council was trying to ram something through that residents do not support.

"My first concern is we are bringing this up out of the blue," Yassenoff said.

"We already discussed and decided it."

Yassenoff also said he did not see how going to three lanes would alleviate traffic.

"I just don't see the logic behind it on a mass-transit street," he said.

Council President Frank Ciotola said they have received e-mails from residents opposed to the road diet.

"I'm not really sure what it is we're trying to fix," Ciotola said.

"It feels we visited this issue and decided on it."

Councilwoman Debbie Johnson said road diets are the trend advocated by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and its "complete streets" program.

"It's more efficient," Johnson said. "That turn lane will alleviate some of the back up."

Councilwoman Mary Ann Krauss said the city has had a number of opportunities to reconsider a road diet.

"The experts say that two lanes move just as quickly as four," she said.

Seidel, Johnson and Krauss voted for the diet.

"We visited this issue and decided on it."

--Frank Ciotola

17 Oct, 2011

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