flashing lights at Van Wert intersections to be removed
to be replaced with flashing stop signs
LIMA, Ohio (Sept. 12, 2018) – Overhead flashing lights at
two locations in Van Wert County will be removed within the next two
weeks, with work to add new signage to the intersections beginning today.
The signals are
located at the intersections of U.S. 127, U.S. 224 and Marsh Road, north
of the city of Van Wert, and at U.S. 224 and county Road 418, west of the
city of Van Wert.
The lights are being
removed because they need repair, are costly to maintain and are no
longer deemed an effective means of notifying motorists of an upcoming
The sign installation
and overhead flasher removal will be performed by the Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) District 1’s roadway services department and will
not have a significant impact on traffic.
The overhead lights
will be replaced with flashing “stop ahead” signs along the following roadways
that must stop at the affected intersections: U.S. 127, Marsh Road and
county Road 418. U.S. 224 traffic does not have to stop at the two
affected intersections, but flashing warning signs of crossroads ahead
will be placed before both intersections.
The new signs will be
in operation for a short period prior to the removal of the flasher.
“The illuminated signs
employ LED light technology, which is less costly to operate, and are a
modern method of informing motorists they are approaching a stop or an
intersection,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director for ODOT District 1.
Throughout the state,
ODOT is replacing overhead flashing lights with active signs in advance