Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Kent Road

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Mayor Coles, thank you so much for all of your hard work.

I have a question about the light at the intersection of Kent Road and County Line. Due to the bridge that’s closed at the Jackson-Howell border on Bethel Church Road, there has been more traffic on Kent Road. I find that the light at the corner, especially during times that the school at that corner is starting the school day or being dismissed, can make traffic back up a lot. I was wondering if it would be possible to make a right arrow light so that while cars have the arrow to make a left turn onto Kent from County Line, more cars can make a right turn from Kent to County Line. Due to the “no turn on red” this is not currently possible and cars are limited to the very short time that light is actually green. Since most cars in that right lane are making the right turn, this may help to ease up some of the backup.

Thank you!

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

I have asked our engineer or reach out to his counterpart in the county to see if they will allow this change.

I also have a meeting with the county officials and engineer next Monday and will raise the issue with them if we have not heard anything by then.

Thanks for reaching out



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  1. Maybe they can take out the shoulder (on the side of the school) and redraw the lanes so those going straight and left (from Kent onto County Line) can utilize the light in an efficient manner as well.

    • Maybe Mr. Mayor can take a lesson that whatever the current parking and egress ingress requirements are not enough and request from you counterparts on the “rubber stamp approval board” to start having traffic issues in mind when approving public buildings.

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