Elida Road safety project yielding
accident rate trending down
July 25, 2014) The safety project on Ohio 309
(Elida Road) on Lima’s west side is yielding the expected results as
indicated by crash data.
The safety upgrade project from Robb Avenue to Eastown Road,
which had been identified as a high-accident corridor, was completed
in 2012. The project,
located in the area of the Lima Mall, included the installation of a
raised-curb median down the center of the roadway to control left-turn
movements, consolidation and elimination of driveways, new traffic signals
and signal coordination, the addition of U-turns, and the construction of new
roadways to help facilitate traffic movement.
S E T Inc. of Lowellville was the
general contractor for the project. The construction contract amount was $7.1
“The crash data from 2006 to 2013
indicates the overall accident rate is trending down as expected. What’s most
encouraging is the rate of injury accidents which has been reduced from a
high of 29 in 2009 to 13 in 2013,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of
Transportation District 1 deputy director.
The total number of crashes in
2006 was 137. In 2013, there were 75. “That represents an overall reduction
in accidents of nearly 45 percent,” said Slusher.
There has been a period of
learning associated with the upgraded roadway, but motorists seem to have
adjusted well. “We’re not seeing many accidents associated with U-turn
movements which indicates to us that motorists are navigating those
successfully,” he said.
safety of the corridor was further enhanced last year when the median curb
was extended further into the intersection at American Avenue, Hartzler Road,
Veteran’s Way and Arthur Avenue to discourage more than one vehicle at a time
negotiating a left or U-turn movement.
represents the most current crash data :
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highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to
provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the
largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles
and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance
economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department
wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual
construction program and highway maintenance operations.
more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information
Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us