To: The News Media
From: City of Mansfield, Mansfield Water Repair
Subject: Road Closure
The administration and City Council of the City of Mansfield is currently considering a proposal to change traffic patterns on North Main Street between North Park Street and Ohio Brass Drive. The purpose of the change is to make North Main Street a more friendly environment for shoppers, pedestrians and out of town visitors by making this section of North Main Street two way, rather than one way traffic. Southbound through traffic will be routed around the Central Business District using Fifth Street, Mulberry Street and Second Street.
This proposal is expected to have the effect of reducing speeds through the downtown. Also, traffic volumes are initially anticipated to be reduced on North Main Street as through traffic is diverted to Mulberry Street, comparable to the northbound traffic diversion currently taking place on Diamond Street.
Traffic signal timings will be changed to promote an orderly flow of traffic on Mulberry Street between Fifth Street and Second Street. For safety reasons, signal timings at First Street and Mulberry Street near St. Peter’s School will be intentionally set to discourage motorists from using this area and the residential area as a cut through to Lexington Avenue.
This proposed Quick Start project is a low cost proposal that doesn’t include turn lanes or other costly pavement reconstruction items that would be needed if all of Main Street were to be reconfigured to two way traffic. This proposal is considered to be an interim phase that can be done now, since funds aren’t available for several years to make a more complete overhaul of Main Street or Central Park.
At the May 23, 2012 public meeting, Mayor Tim Theaker asked for the opinions of the public, along with affected business and property owners, in order for the City to make a well informed decision prior to implementing traffic pattern changes.
An online survey for the general public has been created and a link to this survey is posted on the City’s webpage, www.ci.mansfield.oh.us. Respondents are encouraged to supply their contact information along with their responses.