Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Andover city council voted to pursue a study to determine whether or not it would be a safe to allow left turns on to 21st Street after dozens of residents complained about a median.
"Around Christmas time, residents started noticing a curb being constructed in front of Quail Crossing. It surprised us because we had never been notified that the median was going to be constructed," said Jeanie Shackelford, resident.
A median now blocks the main entry into the Quail Crossing home division in Andover. That median does not allow access for residents to make a left turn on 21st Street.
"That median right there in front of Quail Crossing is not needed for safety. We keep hearing people tell us it's for safety. We just don't see that. We don't see that in anything we've been provided," said Shackelford.
The mayor of Andover cited three main reasons for the construction of the median. He said it was for safety concern, efficiency of traffic, and because they liked the aesthetics of the project.
"You will automatically know that you've entered the city of Andover just because of the difference in street design and the aesthetics that's going to be accompanying this project," said Mayor Ben Lawrence.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, a room full of residents voiced their concerns and asked questions about the median's restriction.
"I don't understand how every other addition, business, has a left turn and we don't. How does that change the safety on 21st Street?" asked a resident.
One council member offered a solution for residents and said they could easily make a u-turn further down the street, but the audience was in disagreement.
"I just can't believe that you would choose the beautification of Andover over those children. I just don't understand," said another resident.
If they pursue the changes, it will cost the city of Andover about $37,000-$50,000. The council also talked about making a change in their protocol to notify future residents of these types of road constructions.