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Police keep tabs on detoured motorists during Brint-King roundabout project

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Stop signs at Brint and King roads have been removed (in foreground) as the intersection is under construction for a roundabout.

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As hundreds of cars each day are rerouted because of this week‘s new construction of  a roundabout at King and Brint roads, Sylvania police have stepped up patrols in nearby neighborhoods to make sure diverted traffic obeys the speed limit and stop signs.

The intersection, which borders Sylvania city and Sylvania Township, was closed on Monday for the $545,000 project which is expected to be finished in 45 days. The road crossing has had four stop signs.

Steve Lafferty, Sylvania police communication chief, said, said, “We have stepped our patrol in Summer Drive off Brint Road and the Country Commons area, accessed through Country Walk Lane off Brint.”

 

The King-Brint typically is busy and handles hundreds of cars each weekday. Recommended detours for motorists are using main roads around the area, such as Centennial Road, Sylvania Avenue, and McCord Road. However, not all of those routes are geared for added traffic. Centennial southbound from Brint to Sylvania is only two lanes and the diverted traffic from the roundabout has backed up traffic in the mornings at its crossing at Sylvania Avenue because one car turning left blocks vehicles behind it from passing through the intersection. One day this week, one motorist sat through four light changes before making it through that intersection.

Residents from some neighborhoods near Brint and King say some motorists getting around the closed intersection haven‘t always followed the 25 miles per hour speed limit. ‍

One morning this week, Gary and Donna Benjamin, who live in Country Commons neighborhood, said their usually quiet street has been busy, particularly late in the afternoon.

“It’s quiet now, but it’s early,” Mrs. Benjamin said.

Both said they have not had a difficult time getting out of the drive, but have noticed that around 3 p.m. traffic picks up.

Mr. Benjamin and she agreed that police are doing “a good job patrolling” the area, pointing to a speed radar trailer flashing motorists speed to them located on Dressage Lane.

Mr. Lafferty said that police are patrolling in neighborhoods near the construction.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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