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Traffic Peeves? City Wants to Know

Council will look at areas where flow is poor, signals aren't effective

Councilman Joe DeMio wants to get traffic moving in Strongsville.

The at-large councilman is asking his colleagues to come up with a list of areas in town where traffic bogs down or places where signals don't keep cars flowing like they should.

"We need to try to solve traffic issues around town," DeMio said.

He's also asking residents to call their council rep and pinpoint areas where they get stuck.

(If you like, you can leave your comment at the end of this story and we'll forward it to DeMio).

Once he gets a list of the biggest problem areas, DeMio wants to start working on fixes, either with better-synchronized signals or new traffic patterns.

"We'll let the (city) engineer and the police know what we think is needed for better traffic flow," he said.

A big part of . The signals on Pearl Road from Westwood to Ellsworth are still being synchronized following the widening project.

Council is expected to discuss the list at its next caucus Feb. 20.

Runnergirl February 12, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Put an entrance ramp to 71 off Boston. That would solve all the issues down Howe and the intersection at 82 & Howe.
Pam February 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Replying to the last comment, YES, why on earth does someone not have the brains to realise they should have put an entrance ramp to 71 off Boston a long time ago... does anyone have brains that runs this city..... we pay more than enough taxes here....
lyn March 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Our taxes are going for the widening of Pearl from Drake to Boston - and I have NEVER seen a traffic problem there, in over 30 years of living near this location. But, guess who owns almost all that vacant property across from Petitti, and some up the hill and at the corner? CATANZARITE (the mayor said the widening project will cost $11+ million) Maybe if that family wanted an exit at Boston Rd. from 71, we would get it!
gerri kody May 01, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Im barely able to sit here at comp. thjis a.m. due to very bad near accident at exit for westbound 82 0ff 71 s...The traffic was backed up on and well beyond exit ramp a mile onto hi way where I nearly rolled my vehicle trying to stop for standstill traffic after i switched lanes. May be my fault I was distracted trying to get over never anticipating back u p at 2 pm on a weekday. lost work ect now w back injury!
lyn May 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Sorry to hear of your back injury. Hope will heal soon. Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, this city is more intent on spending money on useless projects than taking care of much need improvements throughout the city.
Pam May 01, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Sorry to hear of your back injury...What is this city waiting for.... get on with it.. so much time is wasted sitting at stupid trsffic lights.... the traffic now near the mall is horrendous... you never see such a back up of traffic in England.... unless there is an accident...every day you see it hear.. Something needs to be done NOW.. STOP DISCUSSING IT, JUST DO IT..... CITY MEMBERS....
Pam May 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Well James in England we have roundabouts... and somehow traffic moves alot quicker..and just perhaps the traffic lights work better than here in Strongsville.. it is not an English American thing, James, just commenting because I see these traffic backups every single day...
lyn May 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
"this goes with living in a busy city full of working folks" NO! There is no good reason that this should be so much worse than the 480/Great Northern area. Its called priorities, and where the city and mayor directs the funds and attention to the city "needs". This area is only going to get worse and to wait to see if the state will fix is absolutely irresponsible. Forget the dream for now of widening the rest of Pearl - that DOES NOT NEED DONE NOW! Fix what is a problem now - and it is a safety issue!
Pam May 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Did I say a roundabout was the solution for that area..no I did not... The whole thing is one big mess....and what is your solution seeing as you see to know the answer to it all.
joe simonton May 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I do not see a problem with heavy traffic at "rush hour" BUT I would suggest that there be no lefts into BP from Howe and no rights from Howe into marathon between the hours of 4-6 pm this is what I see backs up traffic through the intersection causing traffic to come to a dead stop
joe simonton May 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
then why did you even bring it up James asked you for your solution and you replied "Well James in England we have roundabouts"
lyn May 01, 2012 at 04:37 PM
"NOBODY IS FORCED TO DRIVE DURING RUSH HOUR PAST THE MALL" And, how do you suggest they get home? Work late? Get a different job? Move? Drive further south on 71, then drive north on side streets? Its not just rush hour. There are other times when traffic is a problem and safety is an issue. Isn't that area #25 in the county for accident? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
lyn May 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM
James, I'm sorry to say I'm not a traffic engineer or expert in the field. But if I were on council I sure would make it a priority to make sure that this was fixed or made better. If its adding lanes, fixing turn lanes, putting an additional south exit and north entrance at Boston or between Boston and 82, or SOMETHING! They should be spending the city funds on studies and plans to fix it NOW. As I said, it will only get worse, so why are we waiting?
lyn May 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Your suggestion of driving all over to avoid this area is ridiculous. And, I offered a few suggestions - but I don't know what is feasible. And as for ODOT and the city, maybe if the city tried as hard to get another exit put in, as they have to get funding for the rest of Pearl widening, then maybe the problem would be solved. The mayor is going to various agencies to get funds for Pearl and working awfully hard to get that widening done, why not FIX 71/82 problem first? Again, PRORITIES!! And, if its 33rd most dangerous, not 25, its still dangerous. Why don't YOU want this problem fixed? You know darn well it will only be a bigger problem as time goes on. You seem to just want to argue or have some strange agenda, when we have people like Gerri with a back injury. And how many more with other issues.
lyn May 01, 2012 at 05:40 PM
James- I guess you answered my other question. You just want to argue. Regarding my reference to 480/Great Northern, I was not talking about the accident rate. I was referring to this, printed earlier on The Patch: Figures show that a whopping 54,000 vehicles a day go through that intersection, many headed to I-71 or the shopping district. Even more travel the Pearl-Royalton intersection -- more than 56,000 a day. Compare that to the intersection at Great Northern Mall at I-480, which only sees 36,000 vehicles a day. I'm sorry if I didn't make myself clear. I'll try it another way. There's no good reason this city can't recognize and correct traffic and safety problems. Period. I'm done with this volley of words with you.
Pam May 01, 2012 at 05:42 PM
My last comment on this is, why is James on here.. isn't this for traffic peeves...
tom m May 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
lyn usually I agree with you ....but in this case I think james might be correct ...I would blame bad drivers for starting the traffic backups before I would blame the city
lyn May 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Howe-Royalton area is the intersection mentioned with the 54,000. Sorry, missed it when I copied it.
joe simonton May 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
to make you look foolish (which he did) since you could not answer his question
joe simonton May 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
James agreed
joe simonton May 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
so howe/82 has 54000 cars a day and ranked 33rd worst and great northern/480 has 36000 cars a day and is 20th worst enough said so great job strongsville
lyn May 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
tom m - mutual admiration...but, There is also a problem with the "quantity" of cars traveling through this area, as well as "quality" of drivers. If the drivers would put their phones down and pay attention, and take a deep breath, it would help. But unless a few people would be willing to move or work different shifts or stay away from the mall, we will continue to have this problem. Especially as the city courts new development.
lyn May 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
joe - Can't tell if you are being facetious. You think 33 is ok? But, even so, I would like to see the traffic issue fixed, the long lines of cars gone, the long wait on 82 to disappear.
lyn May 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
James/joe- I should have realized I was talking to the same person. Same poor sentence structure, same poor use of words,.. Bye to both of you....
joe simonton May 01, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Lyn right keep telling yourself that from all 3 of my comments so just because I did not agree with your comments in yours and James's little 4th grade argument I must be the same person
Pam May 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I think you need to re think your comment.. I am most certainly not the foolish one. I do not lnow why both James and Joe are on here since they think it is all so perfect.... I will not respond to any more of your silly comments.
tom m May 01, 2012 at 09:56 PM
ok then I too will ask the same question you refuse to answer "pam what would you do to fix the problem I mean what would you do different right now near the mall to make traffic better (teach us the english method) as you posted "JUST DO IT" ok do what" ....since you are complaining the city should fix the traffic backups come on pam tell us how
Richard Vlk July 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I can't understand why there are intersections with lights that have left turn arrows but the arrows don't activate. Two that I run into are at Westwood and Prospect and Albion and Prospect. The problem is ridiculous during the afternoon rush hour.
James Murphy July 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM
because you drove over the sensors with your tires and stopped your tires on top of them (you need metal to trigger the sensor)
LindaMRK August 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I know this is an older article, wish I'd have seen it before. I really REALLY wish there was a light at the corner of Glendale and Howe. Anytime in the AM or after 2 it takes us a good 5 minutes to find a space to HURRY up and fit into coming off of Glendale to get onto Howe going North. It's scary as heck to try to get out going North while traffic is at a standstill going South on Howe and you can't see the oncoming traffic while trying to navigate North. Completely horrendous.

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