By Linda Collins Special Correspondent
February 2, 2014
ENON — Motorists driving westbound on Broadway Road in the Village of Enon could soon notice a posted speed limit that will allow them to accelerate a little more.
Village council members approved the second reading of a proposed ordinance during Tuesday’s village council meeting that calls for increasing the speed limit from 25 to 35 MPH on the westbound side of Broadway Road, from the eastern corporation limit to the easternmost boundary of the right of way of Helen Street.
Village Administrator Chris Lohr first presented the proposed ordinance to village council members this past September. Since then, village officials have been working in collaboration with the Mad River Township Trustees to make the speed limit consistent for motorists traveling both eastbound and westbound on the local roadway.
Currently, motorists driving eastbound on Broadway Road, leaving Enon’s corporation limits and entering Mad River Township, are required to observe a posted speed limit of 55 MPH, thus, creating much confusion for motorists and sparking village and township leaders to take action.
“It is hard to explain to someone going west, who got a ticket for going over 25 MPH, why another driver, going 55 mph eastbound, did not,” Village Councilman Jerry Crane said.
In early November, village leaders and township trustees met with Craig Eley, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) District 7 Traffic Engineer, and examined the traffic conditions on Broadway Road. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office then conducted a state-required traffic survey of Broadway Road over a 10-day period, from Nov. 13-22, and Enon Police Chief Lewis Wilcox submitted the results of that study to council members in December.
The traffic study evaluated the volume and speed of traffic traveling both east and west on Broadway Road, and those results were used by village and township officials, in a joint effort, to eliminate the 30 MPH speed limit difference between eastbound traffic in the township’s jurisdiction and westbound traffic within the corporation limits of the village.
Mad River Township Trustee Kathy Estep explained that the township has no legislative control over posted speed limits on township roads and must comply with ODOT statutes. However, those speed limits can be subject to change when a traffic study determines that the speed limits do not fit the road and traffic conditions. As a result, township trustees voted unanimously on Nov. 18 to move forward with changing the speed limit from 55 to 35 MPH in the township’s jurisdiction.
During the Monday, Jan. 13 Mad River Township meeting, Trustee Joe Catanzaro reported that he had consulted with Paul W. DeButy, an engineer from the Clark County Engineer’s Office, and DeButy stated that the township trustees would be required to submit a letter from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to the engineer’s office. However, Catanzaro did not specify precisely what information, regarding the proposed speed-limit change, should be included in the letter.
Lohr stated that he will present the third reading of the proposed ordinance for village council’s final approval during the village council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11. If approved, according to Lohr, the ordinance will take effect and be in full force as soon as possible by law.