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Elida Road safety project yielding positive results

Overall accident rate trending down

LIMA (Friday, 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 million.

“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.

The 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.

The following represents the most current crash data  :                                         


Date      Fatal      Injury      Property Damage       Total

2006       0            22 (16%)               115                  137

2007       0            26 (21%)               96                    122

2008       0            19 (21%)               73                      92

2009       0            29 (25%)               86                    115

2010       0            23 (23%)               77                    100

2011       1            22 (19%)               92                    115

2012       0            17 (18%)               79                      96

2013       0            13 (17%)               62                      75


Ohio’s 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.




For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email