Pathways Commission discusses intersection changes in Oxford

By: Abby Vance

On Monday, September 24, the Pathways Commission Board held it’s monthly meeting at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Pathways Commission goal is to assist in the transportation opportunities in Oxford by utilizing bike lanes, sidewalks and pathways. More information about their goals and projects can be found on their homepage.

As with any local government meeting, this meeting began with the approval of the agenda as well as the approval of the minutes from August’s meeting.

In attendance at this meeting was Chairman Don Feitel, Secretary Roger Kuhnle, Greg Surbeck, Michael Worthy and Vice Chairman Kate Kellum.

One proposed project is the addition of either a signaling light or a roundabout at the intersection of McElroy Drive and College Hill Road.

“An argument could probably be made for either one,” Chair Don Feitel said.

Feitel also added, “I think the city is leaning more toward the roundabout there just in terms of long-term maintenance and functionality.”

Though there are advantages and disadvantages of utilizing either the roundabout or the signal, the city of Oxford is still considering all options to ensure that the best and most efficient method is installed; however, the city is in favor of the roundabout.

“A study was shown that in the morning, a signal would be better,” Vice Chair Kate Kellum, said. “But in the afternoon, the roundabout would be better.”

This potential installment would be right across from Lost Pizza Co., which opened last fall and has brought in more revenue and traffic to the area.

Feitel stated that “The developer of Lost Pizza is still on the project.”

Lost Pizza Co. employee Rachel McKellar is also in agreement with Feitel that both the roundabout and signal would be efficient.

“I think there’s always so much traffic around 5 p.m. that a roundabout would be more efficient,” McKellar said.

McKellar also stated, “But I also see both sides. A signal would be safer, but roundabouts are faster, and speed is definitely an issue.”

The city is still in the birthing stages of finalizing which installment will be the most effective for surrounding residents and transportation users as a whole.

Pathways Commission will hold its next meeting on October 22 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

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