Motorists who drive on Glenmount Avenue can’t decide on whether to drive in the fast lane or the slow lane.

The Summit County engineer is trying to bring some uniformity to how fast motorists should drive. Motorists drive from 25 mph to 55 mph, depending on the portion of the road.

A majority of the road is in Akron and a half mile section is owned by Summit County from Swartz Road to state Route 224 and two small sections on the east side of the road between the state route and Waterloo Road.

The city of Akron has a 25 mph speed limit sign posted. Summit County has no speed limit sign posted.

“An unposted speed limit on a county road is 55 miles per hour, which is set by state statute, unless a county goes through the process we are going through now to reduce the speed limit,” said Heidi Swindell of the engineer’s office. “This section of Glenmount is mixed residential and business, there are homes along the road, but it is not a high-accident area.”

The engineer’s office conducted a speed study at the request of Coventry Township trustees.

“Apparently a resident was having trouble getting out of her driveway because of speeding cars in the higher speed limit of the unposted section,” said township Trustee President David Calderone. “After looking at the area, it seemed reasonable for the speed to be lower and for it to match Akron’s 25 mph speed limit, so we asked the county engineer’s office to evaluate the situation.”

The study concluded that a safe and reasonable speed limit for the entire street is 35 mph. Akron plans to increase its speed limit and the county will lower it so there are no discrepancies.

One speed posted

Some residents said they thought the speed limit was 25 mph throughout the entire street because they have only seen one speed limit posted.

“Some of the neighbors are complaining that the speed limit shouldn’t go higher than 25 because there are a lot of children who play in the street around here and sometimes we do see drivers flying down the street who need to slow down,” said Jennifer Johnson, 33. “I think 35 mph is fine. There isn’t that much road to go any faster. One portion of the road is narrow and the other part is wider and more clustered.”

Mary Hazlett, 56, said she’s up and down the road almost every day at all times of the day and always thought the speed limit was 25 mph.

Another resident said he’s lived on Glenmount for 42 years and there’s always been a problem with speeding.

“South of Waterloo Road is just a short piece of Glenmount. You couldn’t pick up speed to 55 mph before you finally reach the end of Glenmount, but on the other side of Waterloo the traffic is heavy on Glenmount and cars do speed,” said Gary Smith, 76, “Glenmount is the artery for southern Summit County coming into Akron. They take Glenmount up to Wilbeth and then they go left or right depending on where they’re heading. They’re only interested in getting to Wilbeth as quick as possible.”

He said changing the speed limit is a poor idea and it might be a challenge for parents because there are a lot of children who live on the street and a nearby school, YMCA-Voris Community Learning Center, at 1885 Glenmount Ave.

The Summit County Council will vote today on legislation to reduce the speed limit to 35.

Swindell said the speed study involved gathering traffic and crash data and evaluating roadway and development conditions. She said the study took several months, because it involved the county, township, city of Akron and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.