U.S. 24 in Paulding County focus
accidents along the route to be discussed
July 31, 2014) The Ohio
Department of Transportation will lead an open discussion next week regarding
accidents which have recently occurred along U.S. 24 in Paulding County.
The meeting will be held Thursday, August 7, at 6 p.m., at
the Ohio State University Extension Office, 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding.
Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District
1 deputy director, will lead the discussion with county officials, local law
enforcement and the public regarding what the accident data indicates, what
has been done to this point in response, and to learn the thoughts of the
community on the issue.
“We’re looking internally
at what could be done from an engineering perspective, but the perspective of
local drivers is an important part of the analysis,” said Slusher.
Last year, officials with ODOT District 1 consulted with federal
officials, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and both the Paulding County Commissioners
office and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department in response to the
accidents. As a result, pavement markings
added to the intersections with U.S.
24 at County Road 21, Township Road 83,
County Road 87, County Road 115, County Road 232, County Road 133 and County
It was thought the markings would better define the median
areas and provide a visual to motorists of where they could safely wait
before crossing or turning into the lanes of travel. The work was completed
“This was a measure that was viewed positively by the
public and we still believe it is a good enhancement to the intersections,”
said Slusher. “Unfortunately, additional accidents have occurred since this
was done,” he said.
From 2010 to present, 22 accidents have occurred along
U.S. 24 in Paulding County. Five of those accidents resulted in five
fatalities which occurred at County Road 143, County Road 87 and County Road
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