UPDATE: The verified vote tally submitted to the city was 89 votes against a roundabout and 22 votes in favor. We had a packed house and an active exchange of viewpoints. The board would like to thank everyone for their participation in this important matter, and we urge your continued involvement as we look to shape the future of our neighborhood.
As part of the Village Farms LRP (Long Range Plan) and our ongoing work/discussions with the City of Westfield, the intersection of Oak Ridge and Greyhound Pass has been a recurring topic of concern based on volume of traffic, speed, etc. Earlier in 2016, a Community Open house on the subject was held, during which votes were taken for various design alternatives including signalized and roundabout intersection improvements. As described in the mailing sent to all residents in October, a second meeting will be held in November to provide an additional discussion and voting opportunity based on what has been learned since that time.
The meeting will center on two distinct options:
- Existing intersection (no change)
- Roundabout (Single lane-pedestrian emphasis)
We will have an aerial overview of the roundabout option, host a question-and-answer session, and have our city engineer available to answer any questions. If the final vote is to leave the Oak Ridge / Greyhound Pass intersection unchanged, the city officials have told us the federal funds already allocated will be returned. Our chance of obtaining them in the future should we change our position are very slim. If the vote is to proceed with the roundabout, construction would likely commence in 2018.