UPDATE: Residents hear, voice concerns of results from Butler Street traffic study

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Dozens attended a public meeting Wednesday to hear the results of the traffic impact study conducted for the proposal to close part of Butler Street in Marietta to Marietta College.

The study was conducted late last year. It found 2,937 cars use Butler Street daily from Fourth to Seventh street. A representative from TEC Engineering, which conducted the study, said that amount of traffic is relatively low and that a closure of Butler Street would not have a substantial impact on nearby intersections.

"With the closure of Butler street, traffic on Butler Street is minimal," TEC rep Ed Williams said, "and the impact to adjacent intersections, there would be impact but it would be minimal."

But some residents that use Butler Street disagreed.

"I believe that Butler has been used more than what they’re saying," resident Randy Nolan said, "and I believe if we close Butler St. My opinion is what’s next, 4th street."

The study identified necessary fixes to certain problem areas on Butler Street and adjacent intersections whether the closure is approved or not. It also recommended a temporary closure to see what the real-effects would be of a closure and that is something Mayor Joe Matthews would have to authorize.

Marietta College paid for the initial study and has offered to pay for the next study if the temporary closure is authorized.

A permanent closure would require a majority vote by the City Council. No closure, however, would occur until the recommended fixes from the study are addressed and implemented.

UPDATE: 02/08/2019

Marietta's Streets and Transportation Committee will hold a public meeting on Feb. 13 to discuss results and recommendations of the Butler Street Traffic Impact Study.

The public meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Meeting Room #10 at The Armory, at 241 Front Street in Marietta.

Ed WIlliams, Vice President of TEC Engineering, will give a presentation of the Butler Street Traffic Impact Study and what it recommends, regarding a potential closure of part of Butler Street.

In a public meeting in December, 2018, Marietta College president Bill Ruud outlined the Campus Enhancement Plan, which includes building a new student recreation center, renovating college entrances, and enhancing building identification and campus visibility.

Ruud says the location of the proposed student recreation center is dependent upon whether Butler Street is vacated to become a commons.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12/12/2018

The possible closure of Butler Street is just one of the many topics discussed at a joint public forum Wednesday night in Marietta.

More than 80 people attended the presentations at "The Gathering Place" on the Marietta campus.

Marietta College president Bill Ruud outlined the Campus Enhancement Plan for renovation of entrances, building identification and increased visibility.

He says the location of a proposed student center is dependent upon whether Butler Street is vacated to become a commons.

Ed Williams of TEC Engineering presented some findings from a traffic study, and then took public questions.

Marietta Councilwoman Kathy Downer says this was the second of two well-attended public sessions.

" I think it's time to start with the dialog about this," states Councilwoman Kathy Downer. "We will be updating people as we get more information, and the council will probably not be voting on this until the beginning of April."

Additional input will be welcomed during the first quarter of next year.

The full traffic study and Marietta's plans, and architectural presentation will all be available on the city's website for public review.

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