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Powell Considers Safety Changes to Ease Congestion at Railroad Crossing
POWELL (Tara Morgan) -- Solutions have been brought up to avoid a disaster at a busy rail road crossing.
Powell is trying to come up with a plan to ease traffic congestion at W. Olentangy and Depot Streets.
Drivers sit on the tracks during traffic backups despite a sign telling them not to and police handing out warnings.
"In 21 days we stopped over 300 cars 300 people had been stuck on the tracks," said Powell Police Chief Gary Vest.
Last November, a surveillance camera captured a close call.
Vest called the crossing a foreseeable disaster if things aren't changed.
The Powell Development Committee took suggestions Tuesday night.
It's considering installing a signal on 750 to give drivers a buffer. Another proposal would ban left turns from 750 onto Depot Street where right now it's prohibited during certain hours or close Depot Street altogether.
Elton Sargent is putting in a new restaurant along the main drag. Caught on the tracks himself once he welcomes any suggestions to keep the community safe.
"If we can give them some kind of a warning ahead of time he traffic may be backed up we're going to stop you short of the train track it really could ease a lot of congestion," said Sargent.
The city is waiting for an updated report from the Ohio Rail Development Commission.