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The Suburbanite
  • Drivers raise questions about Green intersection

  • Drivers may have trouble navigating the intersection of Boettlerand Massillon roads at Franks Parkway, which opened in July.

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  • Drivers may have trouble navigating the intersection of Boettlerand Massillon roads at Franks Parkway, which opened in July.
    The road was constructed to accommodate the new Summa Emergency Department at Green. CAM Corporation, the contractor building the road, temporarily designed Franks Parkway around a pump station that has since been moved.
    To accommodate the new roadway and ensure safety, the traffic signal at the intersection of Boettler and Massillon Road changed temporarily. Protected-only left turns from Massillon Road onto Boettler or Franks Parkway are currently in place. In a protected-only turn, each direction of traffic has a red arrow until a designated green arrow appears in the signal cycles.
    “Currently this light sequence is necessary because the offset nature of this temporary configuration of the intersection,” said Green Engineer Paul Pickett.
    CAM Corporation is expected to complete the full design of the intersection in the next four to six weeks, pending the relocation of an AT&T utility pole. Once the pole is moved, construction of the east-bound lanes of Franks Parkway can be completed. The intersection was originally expected to be complete at the end of August. Due to the delay, the city has re-analyzed the timing of the lights at the intersections along Massillon Road to help improve the heavily-traveled roadway.
    Once the intersection is completed, the traffic light will return to its previous sequence, which included a dedicated left turn and a permissive left turn from Massillon Road — a left turn on green. Lane striping, including markings for non-traffic lanes, will be added to the entrance to Franks Parkway.
    “We understand that the intersection is not ideal at this time,” Pickett said. “But the issue is only temporary and will improve once the new entrance is completely built.”  
    Green Giant Eagle expansion begins.
    A 23,748 square-foot expansion is underway at the Giant Eagle on Corporate Woods Parkway in Green.
    The addition will bring the total floor area of the store to 84,466 square feet. Plans also call for additional parking and remodeling the face of the store.
    “With the elimination of some of the existing parking spaces and the addition of new spaces, there would be a net gain of approximately 20 parking spaces overall,” said Tom DiTirro, planner for Green.
    Once complete, 436 traditional spaces and 10 handicap-accessible spaces will be available at the Giant Eagle. The new face of the building will feature a tan brick and brown block. No changes will be made to lighting in the parking lot other than the relocation of a few light poles for parking spaces.
    The store will remain open to customers during all phases of construction.