DOT offers alternative design

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 04:40 PM.

"It doesn’t mean a damn thing. They’re going to do it anyway whether we like it or not, and it’s not going to solve the problem," she said. "It’s going to cause more problems."

DeMeo was one of a group of residents who want a traffic signal at the intersection. DOT officials have said a light in what they called a rural spot would not increase safety and pointed to what they said were successful changes to intersections along U.S. 70 in Newport without traffic signals.

That explanation did not sit well with resident Sue Roeckell.

"I just feel that over the years people have asked and asked," Roeckell said. "In my opinion they’ve had three meetings and they’re wasted. Nine out of ten of us want a light. Don’t they listen?"

Other residents came away from the meeting satisfied.

"The actual meeting was a success as far as I’m concerned," Ken Slagle said "People got to voice their opinions. As I have said before, the only thing that’s going to correct this situation is to lower the speed of the automobiles. They’re plan is fine. It’s not going to be any better or any worse, but it’ll happen. That’s for sure. They’ve made up their mind what they want to do."

Dwayne Alligood, DOT district engineer, said the latest resident comments would be considered in choosing the final design. Should the less-involved changes that move the U.S. 70 deceleration lane be selected, construction could begin in early fall. He said if the original design is selected, work would likely not start until the spring. 



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