MOUNT VERNON — Edgewood Road will continue to be in the pubic eye this week, as City Council conducts another Streets and Public Buildings Committee hearing Monday from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. on the subject before the regular council meeting.
Council will discuss whether to authorize the administration to hire a traffic engineering consultant to analyze data and propose solutions. It will also get its chance to chime in on what they think should be done, and to listen to more public input on the issue of “calming” traffic and keeping trucks off the road.
A public hearing in the ballroom of the Memorial Building, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., will allow the public to quiz city officials and representatives of the consulting firm (even though they have not been hired) about the situation and offer their opinions on what should be done.
City Engineer Brian Ball has prepared displays showing the results of traffic counts in the neighborhood, average speeds recorded, and the location and frequency of accidents.
Maps will be available for the public to place cards indicating improvements they want to see in specific areas.
The consulting engineers will be on hand to answer questions.
Mayor Richard Mavis said abut 350 letters were sent out to residents of the neighborhood about the hearing and how it will work.
In the letter, Mavis and Ball said they will not include a station at the hearing for the Eastern Star/Upper Gilchrist Road project because they consider it to be a long-term and partial solution. However, they do plan to revisit both the 2003-04 plans and the plans drawn up in 2010, as well as open some preliminary talks with the owner of the property needed to complete a connector.
It would be an expensive project and not provide any short-term relief on Edgewood, Mavis said.