Boardman Police address traffic problem near I-680

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Boardman police are addressing a traffic problem caused by the road construction near Interstate 680.

Signs have been put up at the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and South Avenue reminding motorists that it is illegal to block the intersection with their vehicle.

Township officials have received numerous complaints over the past week of the intersection being blocked. It’s even caused a problem for emergency vehicles trying to get through.

“The motorists try to enter the intersection under the green light but they can’t pass the intersection and the light turns red,” said Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols. “And the light turns green for the opposite direction. For example, we had a fire truck that was southbound on South Avenue trying to get through and he actually had to stop and wait for the traffic to clear before they could proceed through the intersection.”

Nichols said it will only get worse as Route 224 goes down to one lane starting Monday.

If the problem persists then motorists will be issued a ticket that will include a fine and two points on their drivers license.

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