Marietta Twp. traffic issue

Many concerns were raised on Wednesday at the Marietta Township Board of Trustees meeting over the intersection of Browns and Forshey roads in Reno. where a stop sign may soon be installed.

The intersection has seen many accidents in recent years and seems to have a visibility issue for those coming off of Forshey and onto Browns Road. Trustees called a special meeting Wednesday to address the safety concerns. Seventeen residents attended the meeting at the Marietta Township Recreation Center.

“I want to make sure we make (the intersection) as safe as possible,” said Marietta Township Trustee Steven Bober.

A fence at the property on the corner of Forshey and Browns has been causing many visibility issues, as has a utility pole, according to those at the meeting.

Bober said the trustees could ask that the fence be taken down for safety issues but that that might not be the best solution.

“Do we want to start telling people what they can do on their private property?” Bober asked. “I know it’s a safety issue but what happens when you go to another (similar) intersection? Where does it stop? We want to make it as safe as possible without infringing on private property.”

Wednesday’s meeting was to make the trustees’ intentions known to the residents affected by any possible traffic pattern change.

“Our intentions are to put up a stop sign (on Browns Road),” Bober said. “Back at the (former) Inn at Marietta we’ll put up a sign that a new stop sign has been installed.”

Flashing lights will also be installed to help move each driver’s attention to the new signs.

Some residents mentioned putting up a speed bump instead of a stop sign, but they were told they cannot legally be put up on main thoroughfares.

Still other residents suggested possibly swinging Forshey Road out at the corner, where the fence has been a visibility issue, in order to make it square with Browns Road.

Melvin Hoover, a resident of Forshey Road, spoke out, providing suggestions to make the intersection safer, including mirrors, and moving utility poles and mailboxes.

“I think it’s agreed quite a bit here it’s a danger to the public,” Hoover said.

Another Forshey Road resident, Fairley Bowens, 64, said the stop sign was only part of a solution.

“We don’t have anything now but a bad situation,” Bowens said. “I say (put up) the stop sign, (move) the (utility) pole and the street sign and see what happens. If (drivers) weren’t running down Browns Road 50 to 60 miles per hour, it wouldn’t be a problem.”

The possibility of a stop sign on Browns Road has some people concerned about those who will run it.

Dorothy Cooper, of Browns Road, said she’s had a few near misses in the intersection.

“I have encountered nearly three accidents at that intersection,” she said. “For the people who speed down the road, (the stop sign is) not going to make a lot of difference.”

Meanwhile Bober said concerns would come up about the stop sign, but it should only pose a mild inconvenience.

“I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to have it except for the inconvenience of having to stop…We’re looking for a solution that poses the minimum amount of disruption to the minimum amount of people,” he said.

At the next trustee meeting, on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., the trustees will make a motion to address the intersection issue.