Major Traffic Peeve to Be Addressed

New access road will serve Plaza at SouthPark


Motorists trying to visit Costco, Best Buy, Rosewood Grill and other businesses in the Plaza at SouthPark may soon be able to get there without waiting in a line of traffic first.

The plaza owners are seeking to build an access road that would run behind the adjacent Royalton Road stores and connect with the driveway that serves the former Borders Plaza.

It would offer eastbound traffic another point of access that doesn't involve waiting in a long line of cars trying to turn left into the newer plaza.

Motorists have listed that area among their top traffic peeves in Strongsville.

"Obviously, we need another way to get in and out of there," City Engineer Ken Mikula said. "This is a great project."

The access road will run past Rosewood Grill and behind Panera and Trivs, connecting with the driveway that serves the Borders plaza.

That driveway lines up with an entrance to SouthPark Mall and is already regulated by a signal.

Mikula said the Plaza at SouthPark developers purchased easements for the access road when they built the shopping center.

The project will go before the city Planning Commission Thursday, Oct. 4.

The city responded to motorists' complaints this year by lengthening the left-turn lane for eastbound traffic into the Plaza at SouthPark, but it still often takes several signal cycles make the turn, backing up traffic on Royalton Road.

Mikula said the city is also working with the Ohio Department of Transportation on a study of traffic and signal timing in that area.



lyn October 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Good idea to try and provide another entrance/exit to Best Buy, Costco,.. But, I hope they do a thorough study first before approving THIS plan. As I remember when Borders was open, that parking lot was a hazard in that cars would zip through and cars would back up at the traffic light at times. And now, when they add a grocer there, people will be coming and going more often than when it was a Borders. So, will they be creating a huge problem in the Borders parking lot by trying to divert traffic from another? If I were a merchant near Panera and Borders, I don't think I would welcome this added stress to that parking area. It will be used as a cut through and I know I, as a customer, avoid going where it is difficult to maneuver. Now you may have 2 problem areas instead of 1. Maybe there is a better solution than going through this existing parking lot.
lyn October 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Also, people do not just use the exit at the traffic light across from the mall entrance. They do and will use Falling Water Rd. And that NOW is like dodgem. You have cars coming at you from Ledgewood, the stores in that shopping center, National City and the cars cutting through. Cars Zipping in and out and all around. Please, carefully rethink this as a solution.
neil gordon October 03, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The future solution is to limit development in Strongsville. It's just insane. There are already parts of Strongsville that look to become a focus for law enforcement for years to come. RTA service, cheap apartments, homes for rent, a Walmart, Dollar Store and Gold-for-cash, Check-into-Cash businesses are all warning signs that will preceed freefalling home values followed by economic blight. Perhaps we should change our welcome signs to say "Welcome to Strongsville, the next Parma". Hey, I'm not dissing Parma, it's a nice place to live, I'm sure.
lyn October 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
PLANNING COMMISSION- Please do not do this. After talking with other people, I am convinced this is a really bad idea. You will be messing up another shopping center - one that was there first, after all, and nothing to do with the congestion problem you are trying to fix. Why ruin an existing business or businesses and shopping area? You should be looking at the the source of the problem - I71,Howe and Royalton - and fix that, come up with a solution for that. By approving this, you are not fixing the problem -only creating another that will negatively effect many private enterprises further down the road from where the true problem is. You really need to press for a south exit and north entrance to I71 at Boston, and maybe widening Howe or work with engineers for a better solution - or even widen Royalton if that is needed. If your roof is leaking, you don't just patch the ceiling - you fix the source of the leak. Otherwise, you will keep having leaks. The same here - you will keep having traffic problems, and now you also will create a problem in another area.
lyn October 04, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Planning and Council- Do any of you read the Patch and consider our input?
Jared October 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
If they only use the proposed road as another entrance it might work. Cars would have to exit on 82 at Howe.
Debbie Palmer October 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Jared and Lyn, I think you're on to something. I just found out the owners of the Ledgewood Square Plaza weren't even aware of the access road and aren't happy about it. They're already concerned about traffic trying to exit at the light in front of Borders. Maybe they're planning a one-way road? I'll know more after Planning Commission tonight.
lyn October 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
If the owners of Borders/Ledgewood Square Plaza don't even want it, can't they put up a barrier at the back of the property where they want to run a new access road to? Then that would prevent any hookup with the Borders drive. I can't blame them for not wanting it. It will definitely have a negative effect on their tenants business. I know I won't want to deal with the added cars coming and going through there that are just heading off to another shopping center. And doing this through a business rather than fixing our streets as a solution???


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