ODOT initiates safety study, plans to
place additional signage along U.S. 24
video cameras to be placed at select intersections in Paulding County
October 7, 2014) The Ohio Department of
Transportation has put in motion several initiatives to improve the U.S. 24
corridor in Paulding, Defiance and Henry counties in response to accidents
which have occurred at the at-grade intersections along the route.
Among the initiatives is the
placement of video cameras which will be located at two intersections in
Paulding County where a number of accidents have occurred. The cameras will be temporarily
installed at the intersections of U.S. 24 and County Road 87 and County Road
143 on October 14 and will begin recording immediately. The cameras will record
for one week.
Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of
Transportation District 1 deputy director, emphasized the recordings from the
cameras are for analytical purposes only and will not be used for law
“The cameras will provide valuable
insight into how drivers on U.S. 24 and those traveling through the
intersections are negotiating their movements during both day and nighttime hours.
This will help us see what roadway conditions or driver behaviors could be
contributing to the occurrence of accidents,” said Slusher.
These particular intersections were
chosen for videoing because of the number of accidents and fatalities which
have occurred at each. From 2010 through June of 2014, six accidents occurred
at County Road 143 with three fatalities resulting. At County Road 87, four
accidents occurred with three fatalities resulting.
Yet this year, ODOT plans to add
additional signage throughout the U.S. 24 corridor in Paulding and Defiance
counties. “These are things we can do rather quickly to bring greater awareness
of the intersections to motorists on both U.S. 24 and at the crossroads,” said
In the coming weeks, the department
plans to place the following additional signage at the indicated locations:
· Signs on U.S. 24 which state “Intersections Next (xx) Miles”
will be posted at the Indiana line for drivers heading eastbound, at the
Defiance/Henry County line for drivers heading westbound, and on each side of the
city of Defiance for both eastbound and westbound traffic.
· An additional “Intersection Ahead” sign will be placed on
U.S. 24 in both the eastbound and westbound direction prior to each
intersection in Paulding and Defiance counties. This sign is currently only posted
on the driver’s right, but an additional sign will be placed on the driver’s
left as well.
· An additional “Stop” sign will be added on the driver’s left
at each crossroad in Paulding and Defiance counties.
· “Look Again” signs will be placed on the back side of each right-hand
stop sign at each crossroad in Paulding and Defiance counties. The signs will
direct traffic crossing U.S. 24 or turning onto U.S. 24 to look again before
An overall study of the U.S. 24
corridor in Paulding, Defiance and Henry counties has been initiated and will
examine more long-range plans to improve the safety of the corridor. Among the
options would be constructing overheads at particular locations, reconfiguring
the access at others and perhaps closing access completely at some.
“The analysis and the ultimate
decisions which result will take time to carry out. We will continue to
communicate with the community and encourage them to remain in contact with us
regarding the enhanced safety of U.S. 24,” said Slusher.
From 2010 to present, 22 accidents
have occurred along U.S. 24 in Paulding County. Six of those accidents resulted
in seven fatalities which occurred at County Road 143, County Road 87 and
County Road 115.
In Defiance County two accidents
occurred within that same time frame with no fatalities resulting. In Henry
County, 15 accidents occurred resulting in eight injuries.
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 in Paulding County. As a result,
pavement markings were 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 Road 143 to better define the median areas at each at-grade
intersection. These markings were recently repainted.
In August of this year, Slusher led
a community discussion in Paulding regarding the accident issue. The comments
received there and since are being considered as part of the analysis.
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
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us