Tuesday, October 27, 2015
8:30-9:00 a.m. | Room C113-115
Session 5: Traffic Safety with Public Inspiration
“Outside the Box” Public Involvement
Massillon Road, in Green, Ohio is the site of frequent crashes and congestion. The road’s current configuration also causes major accessibility issues for land owners throughout the corridor. The City of Green knew improvements were necessary, but had concerns about public acceptance. Burgess & Niple (B&N) customized a public involvement process that helped address the City’s concerns.
A typical public involvement process starts with sharing alternatives with the public to arrive at the final solution. For the City of Green, two public meetings were planned that focused on discussing the land owner’s issues with the corridor and safety concerns. After gathering the public’s input, three alternatives were proposed.
The public meetings were very well received. In the end, the majority of the public agreed that the preferred alternative increased safety and eased congestion by integrating a traditional traffic signal and two roundabouts. The selected alternative also met the City’s goal of addressing access issues to make Massillon Road a desirable destination.
City of Green Mayor Richard Norton describes this project as “a great example of how you can work within a community in a meaningful way to upgrade your transportation system and still be considerate and kind to the land owners.”
Join Green’s City Engineer Paul Pickett and B&N’s Project Manager Brian Moore as they discuss this effective public involvement process and the positive impact on the City of Green.