Swanton stop light process moves forward

The Village of Swanton is one step closer to a new traffic signal on Airport Highway following the completion of a recent study.

The village and Swancreek Township worked together to fund a traffic study at the intersection of Airport Highway and Munson Road (County Road 2). According to a consulting engineer, the study shows that the intersection met the requirements for a traffic signal, Swanton Village Administrator Jon Gochenour said.

“A state highway in a village can’t have a traffic signal without doing a study and submitting it to ODOT,” Gochenour said. “The study was done with accordance of their requirements.”

The ball is now in the court of ODOT, which would have to agree that a signal is warranted before anything further can happen. If it’s agreed, the village would then need to have the intersection designed. That design would then be submitted to ODOT for approval.

The timing is currently out of the hands of village officials.

“It just depends on how fast they [ODOT] move with their approvals and things like that,” said Gochenour. “I would hope that sometime this summer we will get something from them.”

If approved by ODOT, the village would likely have to fund the project.

With the proposal still in a relatively early stage, there is no projected date of installation. However, Gochenour said that there is a possibility it could be included with another project. An Airport Highway improvement project is tentatively slated for 2016. It would include a left turn lane between Hallett Avenue and Turtle Creek and improvements at intersections with Hallett Avenue and Main Street.

Council voted last week to file the traffic study with ODOT.