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ODOT needs to hear more squeaky wheels

December 12, 2010
Morning Journal News

Apparently the Ohio Department of Transportation believes the squeaky wheel should get the grease.

ODOT officials tell St. Clair Township trustees that they haven't had enough complaints about the intersection of Route 11 and Dresden Avenue, near Walmart to support the need for a turn signal.

ODOT officials videotaped traffic flowing through the intersection from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, but the information obtained is still being studied to determine the need for a turn signal. Anyone who has ever shopped in Calcutta knows that Tuesdays aren't the busiest days. To really gauge traffic needs outside the Summit Square shopping plaza, try making a left turn into the plaza on Friday or Saturday, or any day now that the Christmas shopping season is in full swing.

In addition to the left turn signal, we wish ODOT would consider reopening the upper entrance to the plaza that has been closed since the Route 170 widening project in 2008 and create a back entrance and exit to the shopping plaza, via McGuffy Lane.

What will it take to convince ODOT that traffic flow changes are needed in that area? A serious accident? We certainly hope that won't be necessary.

In the meantime, if ODOT says more complaints could result in action, let's complain loudly and constantly. ODOT's website is On the web page, click on "report safety concerns" and a form will be provided to lodge your complaint. Or you can call the District 11 ODOT headquarters in New Philadelphia at (330) 339-6633.

We hope our voices will be heard and ODOT will spring into action before someone is seriously injured in that area.



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