Sunday, January 23, 2000

Fairfield to discuss speeding


Criteria, possible solutions on agenda

BY DAVID ECK
Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — City council on Monday is expected to discuss establishing criteria for addressing speeding complaints in the city, particularly along main streets in subdivisions.

        “What we want to talk about is the use of stop signs to control speed,” said Fairfield Public Works Director Dave Bock. “We're kind of looking at some direction that we may choose to follow in the future if we get these requests. We don't really have a policy in place at this time.”

        The discussion is expected to center on what should define a speeding problem, and what remedies can best address it, Mr. Bock said. The city could use stop signs, speed bumps or other devices to address speeding.

        The city will look at what other cities use to control speed and help specify a speeding problem. Speed studies can also include a look at accident histories and the speed at which cars move through the area.

        The review was prompted by a lack of procedure when speeding complaints were raised. No street has been targeted for speed control devices, Mr. Bock said.

        Council also is expected to accept a $350,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to extend a bike trail from Hamilton into Fairfield.

        The five-mile trail now runs from the Fitton Center in Hamilton to Fairfield's border in Joyce Park. The extension will stretch it to Water Works Park near River Road, said Fairfield Councilman Sterling Uhler.

        The grant covers about 80 percent of the 1.3-mile extension. Engineering will be done this spring and construction started this summer.

        “It makes the Hamilton trail a much more meaningful ride,” Mr. Uhler said. “It takes in some pretty scenic parts of the river. It means that Fairfield folks who choose to ride a bike into Hamilton ... now have a much more convenient park-and-ride facility at Water Works Park.”

       



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