It is still my opinion that the integrity and safety of the Route 344-Esterly Drive intersection has not been resolved, thus leaving the safety of all motorists in question. The railroad crossing on Esterly Drive should remain open. As owner of Valley Golf Club, a public recreation facility, I believe it is my responsibility to consider the safety of customers traveling to and from the golf course. However, this future situation will impact all motorists using 344.
Why are the trustees voting on this matter? It is a voluntary request and would look good in front of the PUCO (which has the final say). Ohio Statute 4907.474 sets forth nine factors the PUCO considers when closing a railroad crossing - economic development and convenience is not listed but public safety is. The Norfolk Southern Railroad and Buckeye Transfer want the crossing closed for their convenience without alternatives for the safety of all motorists.
Oh yes, now we have a plan submitted for the "enhancement" of the intersection. This plan needs to be given some serious attention. Will this plan improve the safety of all motorists?
All we hear is that the intersection is safe. I wonder if that is the opinion of the thousands of motorists who travel that area of Route 344 daily.
I asked for a professional ODOT traffic study - three individuals went to the site for a field study in the middle of January. They saw one truck - one truck - cross the centerline when making a right hand turn onto Esterly. (One truck - this does not fit the business plan of Buckeye Transfer Realty). The individuals' conclusion: The intersection was functioning adequately and if we had a problem in the future they would consider the situation further. Does this have the safety of all motorists considered?
I told them about people having to back up at the intersection so trucks can make the turn. They felt that this was OK. Didn't think it was right but OK? Are we serious here?
Why hasn't information been offered by a railroad engineer, conductor, fireman or professional truck driver at any of the township meetings? Truth be known, the railroad crossing may not have to be closed, and professional drivers may consider the integrity and safety of the intersection in question at risk.
There has been a lot of deception and unanswered questions in trying to close the railroad crossing, bypassing the safety of all motorists. I believe that the majority opinion is to keep the crossing open. Should a vote support the majority? I feel further studies and improvements of the intersection of Route 344 and Esterly Drive should be done.
My question, do we bypass public safety for private economic development and convenience for the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Buckeye Transfer Realty?