Signage to be enhanced at Thayer Road and U.S. 30
ODOT, local officials to determine long-term upgrades
LIMA, Ohio (Tuesday, August 6, 2019)
– Signage enhancements at the Thayer Road and U.S. 30 intersection
northeast of Lima in Allen County will be made this week to provide
additional information to motorists.
Officials with the
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, the Ohio State
Highway Patrol, and the Allen County Engineer’s office met yesterday to
discuss a recent trend of serious accidents at the intersection. “We
reviewed an accident which occurred in January, and two which occurred
within the last month – all involved motorists who were not from the area
and likely didn’t have familiarity with the roads they were traveling,”
said Chris Hughes, deputy director for ODOT District 1.
One accident involved
a vehicle traveling eastbound on U.S. 30 that failed to stop for a truck
turning south onto Thayer Road. The two most recent accidents involved
out-of-town motorists traveling north on Thayer Road who stopped at U.S.
30 before proceeding, but were then struck by an eastbound vehicle.
This week, ODOT plans
to install advanced message boards indicating to motorists heading
eastbound on U.S. 30 to “Watch for Slow Traffic” prior to the Thayer Road
intersection. In addition, dual “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” warning
signs will be placed in the median for northbound traffic on Thayer Road
approaching U.S. 30.
“These are some
immediate enhancements we can make ahead of more involved upgrades in the
future,” said Hughes. “We are investigating the feasibility of installing
an eastbound right turn lane from U.S. 30 onto Thayer Road as well as
other alternatives to make the intersection safer,” he said.
ODOT officials noted
the intersection is more heavily traveled than some other at-grade
intersections along U.S. 30 and is used as a connector between state
Route 117 and U.S. 30. The intersection does experience a high volume of
eastbound to southbound right turns as well as northbound to westbound
Hughes said ODOT will
continue discussions with the Allen County Engineer’s office and other
local officials regarding the long-term use of the Thayer Road corridor
between state Route 117 and U.S. 30.