The results of a recent traffic study for University Drive and East High Avenue has yielded several possibilities for the roadways.
New Philadelphia Mayor Mike Taylor says the study is a joint venture between the city, Kent State University Tuscarawas, and Buckeye Career Center. He notes that the results, received last week, consider both the present and the future.
Taylor says the study, conducted by TMS Engineers Incorporated out of Stow, Ohio, presents different scenarios to consider.
Coupled with anticipated residential growth in the area, Taylor says the study determined that nothing requires immediate action at this time. He adds, however, that the results suggest the need for a traffic light at 21st Street, which could control traffic and allow for the installation of a north-bound left turn lane.
Taylor says the study also poses possible traffic lights for the Technology Park and main access for Kent State Tuscarawas on University Drive. Should that option be considered, he notes that would require the widening of the roadway between the two lights to allow for a turn lane.
Taylor says, aside from traffic lights, a less-prevalent solution could be an option.
Taylor says the lack of immediacy for the situation gives officials some time to think things over.
Taylor says the University Drive committee plans to meet again in August with officials from TMS Engineers Inc. to discuss the situation in more detail and consider possible courses of action for the future.