Aurora may adjust traffic signals to reduce wait time for motorists

by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR Published:

Aurora -- Motorists traveling through the city may see the time they have to stop at traffic signals reduced.

At a service/safety/utilities committee meeting Dec. 10, Service Director John Trew reviewed a study compiled by Kevin P. Westbrooks, the traffic department manager for the engineering firm URS.

In response to some committee members' complaints that some traffic signals stay red for a long period of time, the city had Westbrooks look at several intersections which have stop-and-go signals.

Among the intersections where concerns were expressed are Route 43 and Moneta Avenue, Route 43 and Squires Road, Route 82 at the entrance to Aurora Commons, and Route 43 and Chatham/Greenbriar drives.

After analyzing Westbrooks' report, Trew determined that "adjusting the timing probably can solve 90 percent of the problem."

Trew explained city employees cannot adjust the timing; that task must be done by a certified traffic engineer. He told panelists he will obtain quotes for doing the adjustments.

At previous meetings, some panelists suggested certain signals should be placed on flash mode, especially late at night when traffic is light. Westbrooks said he does not recommend that practice for safety reasons.

Some other possibilities to improve traffic flow through town are to relocate the Route 43-Moneta signal to Route 43 and East Boulevard, and to eliminate the signal at Route 82 and the Aurora Commons entrance.

Trew said relocating a traffic signal is costly, but eliminating the Route 82-Aurora Commons light could be considered.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS

The panel denied a request to extend water and sewer lines to five lots on East Pioneer Trail owned by Beljon One LLC. The matter was referred to the law director for an opinion as to whether the committee has the final word or whether the matter must go to City Council.

The Beljon family requested that the city pay for the project and then assess the property owners so the sewer and water lines can be extended eastward from where they now end.

Trew said such a project would have to be bonded, and the city does not have funds to proceed in that manner.

Trew was directed to obtain cost estimates for installing four new streetlights on Robinhood Drive and four on Sherwood. A survey of residents in that neighborhood showed that out of 52 responses, 60 percent favored the additional lighting.

Trew said generally a streetlight costs $2,500 to install, which would amount to $20,000, but some additional expenses could be incurred. The lights would be put up on existing poles.

The panel did not make a decision as to whether the lights would go up. Councilman-panelist Harold Hatridge said he is not in favor of adding the lights.

The panel discussed proposed changes in ordinances pertaining to "fill dirt" and "alteration of topography." They alter guidelines for dumping fill dirt and removing topsoil on private properties. City Council will consider enacting the legislation.

Email; klahmers@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4189

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