In a couple weeks, emergency vehicles and buses will use a microphone system to get into the back end of Rosemont Commons from Rosemont Boulevard.
Fairlawn officials are installing a lift gate at the intersection of Rothrock Road and Rosemont Boulevard to stop traffic from using the neighborhood as a through-way when Walmart builds on Rothrock Road.
The gate will lift when emergency officials or school bus drivers "click the microphone" on their radios. It uses a certain frequency and opens in less than 7 seconds, said Fairlawn Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten.
The gate has several fail-safes, as well. The gate is counter-balanced and can be easily lifted in case of a total power failure, which is unlikely, Staten said. When power to the gate does go off, it's fail-safe is to automatically open and stay open.
The gate also has enough of a battery backup to open and close several hundred times in case power in the city is off.
To protect the lever to open the gate from non-emergency personnel, Fairlawn installed a box with a code to the lever, as well.
"What if kids got to it," Staten said. "We didn't want that to happen so we changed the system to add a code. It's a change that's worth it."
While Fairlawn cannot block Rothrock Road because it's in a lawsuit with Copley Township, it can still block Rosemont. Rosemont is not a part of the court case, Staten said.
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