XENIA — The pesky, deteriorating median on eastbound Main Street between King and North Detroit streets is going away.
City Council Thursday unanimously voted in favor of removing that median and modifying the one on the other side of North Detroit Street to help with traffic flow. And it won’t cost the city any extra money.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is doing work on U.S. 42 and informed the city the medians could be removed and/or modified and paved with funds for that project. Removal will create more room for vehicular traffic trying to turn north.
“The turn lanes are too short,” City Manager Brent Merriman said. “It will improve the traffic flow at the turn lanes.”
Currently, there is room for four or five vehicles in the northbound turn lane, depending on size. That forces other traffic waiting to turn to sit in the left-hand lane blocking traffic.
“Many people get frustrated when the (turn) arrow is on and they can’t get into the turn lane,” Council member Jeanne Mills said.
Removal will also get rid of what’s becoming an eyesore and causing city officials to question its value due to maintenance costs.
“It can’t stay the way it is,” said Council Vice-President Joshua Long.
Work should begin very soon, Merriman said, as crews have already begun work on U.S. 42. It will mean some more traffic issues downtown but will be worth it in the long run.
“It’s the price of progress,” Merriman said.