State Route 2 and State Route 295 Road Diet
Improvements to the Intersection at SR-2 and SR-295
In 2010, ODOT performed a safety study at the intersection of SR2 and SR 295 in Lucas County prompted by community concerns and recent accidents. Current and future traffic volumes and crash history were analyzed to see if turn lanes, a traffic signal or other safety items should be implemented at the intersection.
ODOT looked into adding turn lanes and maintaining two thru lanes on the existing pavement. However, funding was not available for this option.
From field observations, ODOT found the intersection often functions with what is referred to as ‘de-facto’ left turn lanes. This means the left thru lane is often used as a left turn lane, with vehicles stopped while waiting to find adequate gaps in traffic.
The next alternative design, known as a “road diet”, would solve this issue by forcing traffic into the right thru lane and adding the warranted turn lanes.
The study also showed that SR-2 would function efficiently if the thru lanes were reduced from two to one in each direction.
UPDATE April 16, 2013:
ODOT recognizes the recent change in traffic pattern is unique to the district and state, and is in the process of implementing or pursuing several short term countermeasures to further alert drivers of the change of traffic pattern.
Recently, the ODOT District Two Highway Safety Review Team mte to discuss the impact to date of the changes at the “road diet” intersection.
The outcome of the meeting included the following actions to be taken by ODOT:
ODOT District Two will submit a third safety application for increased lane capacity at this intersection (widening).
By July, ODOT will install the following countermeasures to highlight changes in the intersection.
After reviewing data taken since the road diet was installed in November 2012, there have been no changes in the crash pattern at this intersection. ODOT will continue to monitor this intersection for possible changes. If the current solution proves to have addressed the crash patterns, then we will forego any additional modifications until such time as there is a change in traffic volumes and crash patterns.