flashing lights on state Route 249 to be removed
LIMA - (August 10, 2017) Overhead flashing lights at
three locations on state Route 249 in Defiance County will be removed
within the next two weeks.
The signals are located at state Route 2/state Route 49 west
of the village of Farmer, within the village of Farmer at the
intersection of state Route 2/state Route 49, and at state Route 249 and
The removal will be performed by the roadway services
department of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 and
is not expected to have a significant effect on traffic.
The lights will be replaced with active flashing “STOP
AHEAD” signs in advance of all three intersections on both their stopped
approaches, with the exception of the south approach on Farmer Mark Road
within the village at state Route 249.
The overhead flashing lights are being removed because they
are in need of repair, are costly to maintain and are no longer deemed an
effective warning to motorists of an upcoming intersection.
“The active signs employ LED light technology which is less
costly to operate and are a modern method of informing motorists they are
approaching a stop condition,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director for the
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1.
Throughout the state, ODOT is replacing overhead flashing
lights with active signs in advance of intersections.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions
required by applicable federal environmental laws for these projects are
being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a
memorandum of understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA