along U.S. 23/U.S. 30 to be closed
Consideration of all access removal will
follow public involvement
LIMA, Ohio (Aug. 17, 2018) – The median
crossovers at county Highway 50 and county Highway 121 along U.S. 23/U.S. 30,
Upper Sandusky, will be closed this month and removal of all access there will
be considered next year.
The medians at county Highway 50 and county Highway 121 along U.S.
23/U.S. 30 will be closed off initially with construction barrels during the
week of Aug. 27. Signage on U.S. 23/U.S. 30 and on the local roads approaching
the intersections will be modified to reflect the change in access.
Right turns onto and off the highway will be permitted at the two
intersections, but traffic will be unable to make left turns at the
intersections. Additionally, traffic on county Highway 50 and county Highway
121 will be unable to cross the highway at the intersections.
The closures are in response to a study of the U.S. 23/state Route
15 corridor through Hancock and Wyandot counties recently completed by the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT). Among the study’s recommendations is the complete
removal of access to the highway at county Highway 50 and county Highway 121. ODOT
is choosing to close only the medians now as an immediate response to the
study’s findings. Removal of all access to the highway at these locations will
be considered following public involvement early next year.
recommendations are based on the number, type and severity of accidents at the
two intersections, as well as traffic volumes in the area,” said Kirk Slusher,
deputy director of ODOT District 1. “The U.S. 23/U.S. 30 overlap around Upper
Sandusky experiences traffic volumes nearly double that of the rest of the
highway, so controlling access to that section is especially important for
motorists’ safety,” he said.
The decision to close
the medians was made in concurrence with local officials.