Speeding cars on Hilliard-Rome Road came up again before the Westland Area Commission when a resident along that road begged for speed limit signs.
Northbound there is only one 35 mph speed limit sign between West Broad Street and north of Trabue Road, Terry Barry told WAC at its Nov. 18 meeting.
Southbound from the corporation limits sign north of the Conrail tracks to Broad Street there are three signs, he said.
“How do we go about getting more signs?” he asked. “I don’t like to come out of my driveway and drive like I’m on the Indy Speedway.”
Patricia Brown, WAC’s Planning and Development Committee chair, said she would make some calls.
“I will put one up myself if that’s what it takes,” Barry said.
He pointed out that signs were posted for southbound motorists after a fatal traffic crash close to the Glenchester apartments, “but northbound there is only one sign.”
The speed of vehicles on that stretch of road came up at the previous meeting when Barry and another resident, Ron Phillips, questioned the status of a once-promised overpass on Hilliard-Rome Road at the Conrail tracks.
“It doesn’t seem to be happening,? Brown said in reference to the overpass.
She explained that she had called the county engineer’s office and city offices to check on progress.
Residents of Hilliard-Rome Road contend they were told 13 years ago they would have an overpass in 15 years. They recently started complain that nothing had been done to date.
Brown assured residents at the meeting that input on the overpass issue would be of prime importance early next year when the commission begins work on updating the area plan.
The Westland plan is a document that provides guidance for development of the area.
“That’s transportation and transportation is part of the plan,” Brown said of the overpass issue.
The plan will cover the Westland area, which includes the area bounded on the north by the Conrail tracks, on the east by I-270, on the south by Big Run South Road and on the west by Hellbranch Creek.
Several public meetings will be scheduled during which time area residents can provide information on what they would like the area to look like in the future.
Meanwhile, Brown and colleague Jo Ellen Locke, WAC’s Recreation and Parks Committee chair, urged residents to call and let their voice be heard on issues of importance to the area.
“If we get more people to call, they will hear from the far Westside and the better chance we will have of getting what we want,” Locke said.
She has been encouraging people to call the city to speak up for a community recreation center in the area.
WAC, a liaison commission reporting to the Columbus City Council, meets monthly at Doctors Hospital. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.16.