Recently there was another letter regarding Willow and Sauerkraut lanes on the agenda at a BOC meeting. There have been many over the past few years. This issue will now be in the forefront with the elimination of busing to Willow Lane Elementary for students who live nearby the school.
The best solution for this intersection in my opinion is a modern round-about. This intersection is only an issue during peak traffic times. One benefit of a modern round-about (of many) is that it causes almost no delay during off peak periods while efficiently managing traffic flow during peak times. Additionally study after study has shown it is by far and away the safest pedestrian option when designed with islands. (See photo)
It's my understanding that this location is perfect for a round-about from an engineering standpoint given the area available.
Roundabouts are not the same as traffic circles
Pedestrian Safety - Statistics show these are much safer for pedestrians then signals since they reduce points of conflict. This is especially true when they feature safety islands where pedestrians can pause mid-crossing. (See diagram) This is really very simple. You enter the crosswalk and look left for on-coming traffic. You then enter a safe island and look right. Very simple and very safe.
Aesthetics - They also simply look much nicer. This is an attractive area in the center of the township. The center island could be used for a planting, landscaping or civic art.