Left: Lunchtime traffic on Woodley near Sylvania
The closing of Talmadge Road over the I-475 overpass has created a number of less-than-intended consequences. One of the most troublesome occurs on Woodley Road, the residential street that happens to have the closest alternate crossing over the freeway.
Neighbors on the now-busy thoroughfare are unhappy at the city's decision to completely close Talmadge, as motorists are ignoring the "Local Traffic Only" signs in an effort to find a way around the construction.
"This is worse than Christmas, when Woodley fills up with people coming and going from Franklin Park," said Margaret Jameson, walking her dog on Woodley. "People are racing through here, going 50 miles an hour or more."
Originally city officials talked about closing Woodley Road at I-475 as a precautionary measure to force motorists onto the official detours, but traffic backups on Secor and Corey Roads evidently made them change their minds.
Toledo Police have increased patrols, said Jameson, but their presence is not enough.
"What else are people supposed to do?" she asked. "The official detours are inconvenient."
Left: Northbound Talmadge at I-475
ODOT's website indicates that, weather permitting, Talmadge will finally reopen on October 16.
That will be a welcome relief to people like Margaret Jameson and her dog.