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Survey asks if pedestrians can survive in Montrose
Planning agency is asking area residents their opinion.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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In The Region:
The organization that studies transportation issues in Summit and Portage Counties is asking the public’s opinion on what to do with Montrose.  The retail area between Bath Township, Copley, and Fairlawn has mushroomed over the past couple decades and congestion has become a serious problem.  
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The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study is asking the public how to improve one of the biggest traffic headaches in Summit County. That would be the retail jungle known as Montrose.  The large pile of big box stores sits on parts of Bath Township, Copley and Fairlawn. 

AMATS Director Jason Segedy says a better design could make pedestrians safer and allow them to walk from one location to another

"And where that has a practical traffic impact is it avoids a lot of the trips that happen out there are where people drive literally 200 yards to get to where they’re going. a lot of those short trips people pull out onto Route 18 and pull right back off.”   

Although few people walk to Montrose, Segedy says many of the workers get there by bus. And he adds, every driver becomes a pedestrian when they get out of their car.

Amats is now conducting an online survey at its website: Amatsplanning.org.  

Listener Comments:

Don't fix what is not broken! I SHOP in Montrose every week.
I spend a lot of money there and think it is nearly perfect to get around from one shopping area to another. For years I have bragged on this area and have told people I wasn't sure if the ease of movement was planned or just dumb luck. Find me another shopping district where you can move easily from shop to shop even on Xmas eve. Want to see what NOT to do? Visit Medina on Rte 42 some weekend. Do you really expect people to carry their shopping from Earth Fare to Mustard Seed to Acme and back to their car? Or get on a bus with six bags of groceries? Use uncommon sense.


Posted by: J Poremba (Granger Twp) on September 5, 2013 6:09AM
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